Eyes on Jesus

Devotional

In crisis, you may see first responders or have been a part of a situation that requires the survivor being saved to keep their eyes on their rescuer. If a survivor is being pulled out of a burning building or a wrecked car, it’s important to keep the survivor calm and keep their eyes on the rescuer giving the instructions so that they do not get overwhelmed with the situation and start to panic. If the survivor panics, there is a good chance they will not follow the instructions that keep them alive. The survivor is not oblivious to the danger; however, they don’t let the danger overwhelm them when they are focused on escaping it. 


As Christians we are called in Hebrews to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we run the Christian race. If the writer of Hebrews is talking to Christians, should not it be obvious that Jesus is our focus? Well, not necessarily. We are easily distracted by the cares of this world and when problems arise or a crisis hits, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the situation. 


Having our eyes fixed on Jesus during the good times will build our foundation on the Rock of our salvation. Having our eyes fixed on Jesus during the bad times will allow us to find peace and hope when the world around us is stealing both of those things.


Jesus called Peter out of the boat to walk on water and everything was fine until Peter took his eyes off Jesus. He focused on the wind and the waves instead of the Lord. 


Having discernment in our decisions requires us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Decisions are easier and aligned with the will of God and the truth of the Bible when we don’t lose sight of this simple, yet not to be overlooked, fact in the Christian race.


Reflect: How have you taken your eyes off Jesus recently? What ways can you commit to today to stay focused on keeping Jesus first in your decision making?