“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Every time I read this verse I’m convicted by the phrase “fixing our eyes on Jesus.” In different translations the wording changes a bit. The King James says, “looking unto Jesus.” On the other end of the range is The Message Bible, which says to, “keep your eyes on Jesus.” And each version gets the point across.
But to me, the verb “fixing” is so descriptive – I can, no pun intended, visualize doing it. And that word reminds me of what I must do if I have any hope of staying in God’s Will. So many things in daily life can distract me – the tyranny of the urgent, as some call it. So many situations, whether puzzling or frightening, can pull me into the muck of worry or angst.
Fixing my eyes on Jesus means making a decision that no matter what is going on around or even inside me, I will keep my focus on the One who holds my life. It means that no matter how difficult or scary things may look, I will trust in His protection and provision.
The race we run is often over rough ground. Jesus is ready to guide us safely down the path to victory – we just need to keep Him in our sights.
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