December 31

Looking to Jesus

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus….

Hebrews 12:1b-2a …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

I Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps….

Christianity, salvation, walking in grace and love, knowing how to bring delight and glory to God through our obedience, living in community with other believers—these are all marvelous things. But Jesus is more marvelous. He is the reason all those other things are marvelous, as He is the source of them all, and Person around which all those things revolve.

The one thing that we can never lose is our focus on Jesus. We can read the Word every waking minute, but can get lost in doctrine and interpretation, losing the connection with Jesus that the Spirit of God is always working to make as we read. We can be a stellar, deeply involved member of our churches, serving everyone around us, and forget that all we do is really unto Him first.

We can pursue our callings, discover and strengthen our gifts, and even find a glorious ministry path, and can let slide our relationship with the One who started it all and who keeps it going by His power, and is the real reason we are doing what we’re doing.

If the enemy can’t keep us from going to hell, he will work to make sure we’re not “considering Jesus” or “looking unto Him.” And there is so much to learn, so much work to be done in this world, so much service to render, so many treasures to find in His word, that we can get distracted by good things, things that may keep our eyes from viewing the Best Thing.

He is “the brightness of [God’s] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus is “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And [God] put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:21-22). This is our Jesus.

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever (Romans 11:36).” Since “He is before all things and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:17),” we must consistently bring our attentions and thoughts back to Him. Nothing is real and nothing makes sense apart from Him.

We can, we must, place and keep our eyes on Him. And may He ever grow clearer to us over the years.

Prayer: Father, I want to be like those that came to Philip (John 12) and said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Lord, as a disciple, I want to see Him more and more clearly, and I set myself to look to Him and press into Him in all circumstances until I see Him whom I believe is at the center of everything.

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