“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.” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
Focus is an interesting thing. A powerful thing. I believe it makes change possible. Race cars move so fast that the slightest change in course – the slightest turn of the wheel – quickly produces big changes in your position on that track. Surprisingly, where you look can shift your body enough to turn the wheel just enough to send you in that direction. Even if that wasn’t where you intended to go. In other words, your focus determines your direction.
I think that’s also why the Bible spends so much time teaching us to keep our eyes on Christ. Because our focus determines our direction. Do you recall the story of Peter when he saw Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14:29? Peter climbed out of the boat and walked on the waves. As long as he focused on Jesus, he walked toward Him on the water. But as soon as Peter looked down at the wind-whipped waves beneath him, that’s precisely where he ended up.
Reading Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to take our eyes off ourselves and our circumstances. Off the problem behaviors or the “walls” in our lives, and fix them squarely on Christ. Because our focus determines our direction. Ultimately Christ is the perfecter of us and our faith. We can trust Him to turn our resolution into reality as we stay focused with our one word and with our eyes on Him.
I Declare: Dear Lord, I want to consistently fix my eyes squarely on You. Help me see You at work in my life and in the forming of my heart.
Ignite Thought: If you’re not careful what you focus on, you might move towards something that you don’t even want.