Many years ago when I was learning to drive, my driving instructor taught me two things about being a good driver; firstly assume every other driver on the road is a bad driver (just saying..lol) and secondly keep your eyes on the road. He would constantly remind me that if I was going to make it to my destination, I needed to keep my eyes on the road.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1 -2 (NKJV)
And the same is true for our Christian faith. If we are going to be successful in our faith journey and reach our God-given destination we need to make sure that we are keeping our eyes on Jesus! Below are three things that I believe can help us to keep our eyes on Jesus in 2017.
1. Be a Worshiper
John 4 tells the story of the Samaritan woman at the well who is in need of a drink. She met with Jesus and began to question him about worship and at the end of their discussion he revealed himself as the long awaited messiah, the Saviour of the world. This is because you can’t engage with worship without unveiling Jesus. In John 4:23, Jesus clarifies that worship is not about a location but about the heart. This mean that true worship goes beyond our location (Sunday morning service); the physicality of our bodies and our soul (the place of our emotion, mind and intellect) and occurs when our spirit connects and engages with the Spirit of God. If we are to reach our spiritual destination we need to ensure that we are true worshipers, who worship God in spirit and in truth. Knowing that worship helps us to keep our eyes on Jesus by redirecting our focus on Him.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:23 (NKJV)
2. Get in the Word
John 1:14 speaking of Jesus says this “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”(NKJV). Meaning that every time we read the Word of God – the Bible, we are keeping our eyes on Jesus – because He is the Word made flesh that dwelt amongst us. I want to encourage you if you have not been regular in your devotional life, maybe it is time to pick it up. If you don’t have a Bible why not buy one, or download the YouVersion Bible App on your phone. If you don’t have a Bible reading plan, why not get one. Why? Because when we get in the Word it helps us to fix our eyes on Jesus and gives us the spiritual empowerment to effectively complete our race.
3. Get into Prayer
In my studies of the gospel I don’t recall the disciples asking Jesus how to lead, to preach, to teach, or to heal the sick, instead they asked Him how to pray. They understood that prayer was the true source of His power. There’s something about prayer that takes our focus off everything else and fixes them on Jesus!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
When we pray we shift our focus from ourselves- our worries, doubts and fears – and place the focus on Jesus. Prayer helps us to fix our eyes on Jesus. So here is the question in 2017 – have your allocated a place and time to pray? Because if you don’t have a time or place to pray, you won’t make room for prayer in your world.
Lets make 2017 the year that we keep our eyes on Jesus no matter what life throws at us by being a true worshiper, getting into the Word and setting time to pray.
The best is yet to come!