Our Bible verse for today: “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Keep your eyes on Jesus.”
Throughout this month much of our focus has been on the practical aspects of embracing and experiencing the love of God in our own lives, and then sharing the love of God with others. At some point you may have found yourself thinking “That’s easier said than done”. It’s true. It’s also easier to write about it than to practice it. I struggle with this too. It’s a process of learning and growing.
However, I’ve found that the more I focus on my mind on Jesus rather than on the issues and circumstances of life, the easier it is to bring everything back into a Godly focus. But this needs to be intentional. We can control our thoughts. We have to decide to shift our thinking from whatever it was we were focused on, to thoughts of Jesus and Biblical truth instead. This is a learned discipline that becomes easier with practice.
The more we keep our eyes (thoughts) fixed on Jesus, the more our heart will be aligned with His, and the more we will see people and events through His eyes of love rather than through our eyes of fear and doubt and pain and offense. We will find that when we fix our eyes on Jesus we will no longer be so easily provoked or threatened or bothered or upset. Instead we will experience greater peace, more clarity, and a greater sense of being comfortable in our own skin (loving ourselves for who we are in Christ).
Jesus is the source of our faith and the perfecter of our faith. The more we focus our thoughts on Him, seeing people and events from His perspective, the more we will love them. So just keep your eyes on Jesus.