Let us fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
A work-centered life gets complex, and it leads to burnout. A Christ-center life—even in the midst of work—stays basically simple, nourished, and rested.— Anne Ortlund
As I studied and pondered in my heart, what does looking unto Jesus mean? And what does fixing our eyes on Jesus look like?
God’s redeemed daughters want the application; they want to know how to apply His truth to their lives, we hear it, and now we want to be doers of the word and do as the Lord says.
I love Word studies and looked up the meaning in Greek, and I was pretty surprised at what it meant. Looking: Gk aphorontes, derived from apo, a prefix denoting “separation,” and horao, “see,” carries the meaning of turning one’s sight away from what initially held the attention to something else. This term signifies concentrated attention, not a mere gaze. It describes an intense-looking with the focus squarely on the object at hand. Believers should focus on Jesus.
We do not have to keep our focus on our concerns that cause us to be fragmented, frazzled, burned-out, and harried. The greatest lesson I have learned is it does not matter what anyone thinks of me; what matters is what they think of Jesus.
My problems are not my husband and children; they are precious; my problem is my focus on the many things I have to do and not spending time with the Lord. #lookinguntoJesus
No task is too meaningless or effort too small because all things are done unto the Lord, and great is her reward in Christ #looktoJesus
In the story of Mary and Martha, Martha was busy and concerned about many things; I’m sure it was not the cooking that got in the way. Jesus said; Martha, Martha, you are worried about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-42).
Mary chose to focus on Christ; she fixed her eyes unto Jesus.
When we have the many things to do or get fixated on ourselves, circumstances or others, we too can shift our focus onto the Lord, looking unto Jesus, the giver of grace and peace, the sustainer, the author, and finisher of our faith.
Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus is the ultimate One who ran with endurance and perseverance. He gloriously displayed a life of complete faithfulness to God despite the humiliation, mockery, and suffering He endured the cross; He is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus set His eyes on the joy set before Him. He completed the work upon the cross.
Let us not become weary and discouraged within our souls.
Luke 9:23, Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
- Cultivate a habit of fellowship with the Lord.
- Be determined to have alone time with the Lord, quiet times, and times to quiet our hearts; those are the times when God has grown my faith and helped me in my walk with Him.
- Remember there is grace, and all we have to say is Lord, I need you, Lord, my eyes are on you.
You are able, and You will guide me and help me. I trust You.
I do not ever want to seem like I have all my life all-together and my life is perfect; it is not. But God is all-sufficient, and I cannot live a day without Him; I’m learning and growing in my walk with the Lord every day. Much of what I do is hidden; it is in secret, unto the Lord. The hidden man that Christ is conforming and shaping into however He sees fit. I want His will, His way, the cross, no matter the cost.
I’m looking forward to the glorious return of the LORD Jesus Christ to one day meet Him in the air. Whether I die or meet Him in the air, it is one glorious day. My heart is set on eternity.
Dear Lord, You are Mighty, glorious, and all-powerful. We give You all the glory. Thank You for what You have done upon the cross, thank You for shedding Your precious blood so that we can be forgiven of our sins. Thank You for the gift of salvation and when we put our trust in You we can have fellowship with You and commune with You. Continuously, draw our hearts unto You, help us to stay focused on You, and help us to fix our eyes unto You. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Set our hearts on eternity. Help us to be the women of God You have called us to be, Your grace is sufficient. In Your precious Name, we pray. Amen.
For further study and encouagement
Books that speak to the depths of my soul and have encouraged me in Christ. These books are treasured gems.
The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit by Matthew Henry
I Want to See You, Lord: Finding Your Focus in Following Christ by Anne Ortlund