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Keep Your Eye On Jesus

Hebrews 12:2

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,

As I was growing up – I played several sports.  In most sports using a ball – one of the most common instructions you will hear from a coach is – keep your eye on the ball.  In baseball – if you are hitting – you need to keep your eye on the ball – so that the bat will meet the ball – squarely and deliver a hit.  If you are fielding the ball – you need to keep your eye on the ball – watching the ball into your glove.  Playing football – as a receiver for instance – you often hear coaches telling them to look the ball into your hands – in other words – keep your eye on the ball.  You cannot throw the ball until you catch the ball!

If you watch sports – like football – you might hear the TV personality say – when a receiver drops a pass – he was running before he caught the ball.  In other words – he took his eyes off the ball and looked to see where he was going to run after catching it or who was going to hit him after he caught it.  As a defensive player in football – you really need to keep your eye on the ball – trying to decide who has it so you can tackle them.

In today’s passage the author is trying to get us to keep our eyes on Jesus.  Too often we have horizontal vision – looking around us.  When we look horizontally we tend to convince ourselves that we aren’t too bad – compared to the others around us.  Our Christianity will never be what God wants it to be if we focus on others rather than – vertically – concentrating on Jesus.  If we keep our eyes on Jesus we will always be striving for the perfect example and not the imperfect (including us).  Our pastors aren’t perfect – neither are other Christians.  We all have our flaws. That is why we must keep our eyes on Jesus.

The author includes today’s passage in this section of instruction: Hebrews 12:1-3 – 1 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. 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

As you walk out your faith today – keep your eyes on Jesus – and He will see you through.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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