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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith… Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
“Oh my. Look at that!” My pointing finger indicated something was amiss.
There were several route options for our ride home. That afternoon we happened to take the route past the weathered, uncared for, little white ranch-style house. A pasture, a pond, and roaming cattle encased its three sides while a road flanked its front. A working oil well sat propped on a small hill beside the house, its pumpjack’s up and down motion indicating a diligent effort to pull crude from below the earth’s surface.
“That guy’s getting handcuffed!” I blurted, eyes wide in excitement.
We live in the country, and handcuffing folks in the front yard isn’t a common theme. But I imagine more of us are handcuffed than we realized. Although many of us have never been cuffed in the natural, it’s likely we have in the spiritual.
Sin has a way doing that. And often, we don’t even realize it.
Complaining about that thing your kids or husband never seem to do.
Rage in an emotional conversation with a loved one.
Giving someone a “heads-up” (gossip) about a different somebody, just in case they need to know bits of the past.
Hormones rising, jumping into the sheets of fornication with another before marriage.
Hating someone for “that thing” they did to you.
Jealousy over someone else getting a promotion or acknowledgement before you.
Refusing to forgive “them” because they don’t deserve it.
In Hebrews we’re reminded to throw off anything that hinders. The gossip, jealousy, fornication, and hate…throw it all off. That’s what He says is best for us. That’s God’s will.
As a mom with teenagers, it means throwing off the fear of “what if” concerning my children and their activities. It means holding up the shield of faith instead.
It means refusing to take offense or point blame when hurtful words are thrust at our heart.
It means trusting God more than ourselves.
The solution? It’s as simple as fixing our eyes.
I hear you. Sometimes “fixing” our eyes doesn’t seem so easy. Sometimes it’s the last thing our flesh wants to do. After all, my mama heart has a false belief that somehow worrying about my teens is the right thing to do. But worrying about them, what they’re doing, how they’re driving, or if they’re safe at camp, college, or even on a date isn’t in the Ten Commandments. No, thou shalt worry about thy child isn’t one of the terrific ten nor is it anywhere in the Bible. Being anxious about nothing, however, is.
Choosing not to worry, be anxious, in a rage, or offended are all forms of fixing our eyes on Jesus. In Him, not our own strength, we find true power and energy for the race.
So, how do we fix our eyes?
3 Ways to Fix Your Eyes
On what He did.
Remembrance and thankfulness overflow a cup. Recalling the Lord’s goodness starts a day well, ends it even better. Finding and listing just three things a day to thank God for will change a heart.
On what He said.
The Bible is full of wisdom that is well-used when put into action. Post His words throughout the house, hide ’em in your heart, recite them until they are well-grounded. (Find more information about Scripture memorization as well as our year-long program on my Pinterest page here.)
On what He promised.
With eternity in sight, the view changes. Suddenly, the focus shifts from me to He. We see the person or situation from an eternal perspective, as a child of God or a situation in which to trust Him.
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So my friend, take inventory today of one thing that bothers you greatly, one thing that has cuffed you, entangled you. Then, set it in front of the Lord as you fix your eyes on Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to counsel you in forgiveness, trust, and love. Be determined to throw, throw, throw.
I’m cheering for you. Run your race well.