Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Fix Your Eyes

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV)

We have all known of God’s love and that our hearts should be directed into it. But we may not have known or thought of the “steadfastness” (RSV) or “perseverance” (NIV) of Christ. What is it? And how was it shown, and how should our hearts be directed into it? Hebrews 12:1-4 answers all three questions:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (Hebrews 12:1-4 NIV)

He “endured” the cross by keeping His eyes fixed on the joy beyond the cross. We consider Him who “endured.” We lay aside everything that hinders and entangles, and we persevere, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

(An excerpt from On Being a Christian by Jim Wilson)

1 comment:

Randy Hall said...

Hello Jim,

My name is Randy Hall, I'm with Christians for Life, a pro-life advocacy group in Topeka, Kansas. I'm writing to ask permission to link to the CCM web site. In particular I'm interested in people having access to your book - How To Be Free From Bitterness. Please let me know if it would be ok to link to the CCM web site. Thanks and God Bless,

Randy