A short devotional on turning to fix our eyes on Jesus in the midst of different circumstances we face in our daily walk.
Claire McConnell is the Archivist at the OMF International Center in Singapore. Before coming to Asia she taught mathematics and science in a Northern Ireland grammar school.
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
Mission Round Table Vol. 15 No. 2 (May-August 2020): 24
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
– Lauren Daigle
These words remind us of the words in Hebrews “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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb 12:2–3, NIV). These verses have been a wonderful encouragement to many over the centuries to keep going in tough times and circumstances.
What does it mean to fix our eyes upon Jesus? Here were some thoughts which I hope will encourage us all at a time of world and personal difficulty.
Some know what it is like to move to a new place and have no language—you feel helpless like a baby, frustrated because you could do so much more before—fix your eyes on a baby in a manger who was the Creator, who was worshipped in heaven, whose words brought the universe into being, who also has to learn how to speak.
When tempted in many ways—look at Jesus wandering in the desert being tempted by the devil.
When we think we have given up much or could have so much more if we were back home or doing another job—look at Jesus who says, “foxes have holes and the birds of the air a nest but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
When we are hurt because family and friends don’t understand what we are doing—look at Jesus as his mother and brothers come to him to take him home because they think he’s mad.
When we are angry with our colleagues or others—look at Jesus teaching that anger is as bad as murder.
When there are disagreements and disunity—look at Jesus on the night he was betrayed, praying that we may be one as he and the Father are one.
When Satan accuses us (often rightly) of our sin—look at Jesus who says “It is finished.”
When we feel that those we serve don’t appreciate us—look at Jesus who came to his own but his own did not receive him.
When we are mocked and ridiculed—look at Jesus with the crowd crying “crucify.”
When we stand at the funeral of a loved one—look at Jesus, risen and glorious, who has conquered death.
When we look at ourselves or others and see the ugliness and imperfections—look at Jesus by whom and through whom all things have been made.
When the good news we share is rejected by someone we care about—look at Jesus as the rich young ruler turns away.
When we sit with our family and friends enjoying a wonderful meal—look at Jesus feasting with sinners and tax collectors or cooking a breakfast on the beach for his disciples.
When things are too hard for us and we feel overwhelmed by what God is asking us to do or go through—look at Jesus in the garden, sweating drops of blood and asking if he might not drink the cup, saying, “not my will but yours.”
When we wonder if it’s all worth it—look at Jesus seated in glory and consider the glory that he has waiting for us.
When we wonder if he loves us because of all the things that are happening in our lives or the lives of those we love—look at Jesus on the cross.
So much more could be said. But spend a few minutes in silent prayer and look at Jesus in all of our current situations because in reality he is already there.