Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Lyrics by Helen H. Lemmel
The Imperfect Wives begins a new series today: “Are You Out Of Focus?”
Today, as at every time in history, we are facing many distractions. The form of the distractions may have changed, but the result is the same: a loss of focus on the One who is the author and perfecter of our faith.
Just as a photographer chooses the subject of a photograph and then adjusts the lens of her camera to make sure the image is crisp and clear, we, too, must choose where to point the lens of our attention and make the necessary adjustments for clear, accurate vision.
The author of Hebrews says it far better than I can:
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. Hebrews 12:1-3
As we run this marathon called life, we must choose to keep our focus on Jesus.
He is primary to our life, not simply an “add-on” or a “plug-in” (in computer speak).
We can’t stay zeroed-in on sin or other distractions. When we do that, our view becomes fuzzy; it lacks definition.
We must shift our attention to the One who is supremely central to all of life. The One who provides life and light and all truth. The One who is life!
Today, I am praying for each of us that we would shift our focus and that God would give us new revelation and understanding of who He is as we run with perseverance. He doesn’t want us to grow weary or lose heart!
Focusing on Jesus,
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