Fix Our Eyes on Christ
The Bible teaches Christians to fix their eyes on Jesus Christ in order to obtain grace and strength to overcome every difficulty and to endure unto the end. The apostle Peter found that when he attempted to walk on the stormy waves of the sea of Galilee, it was dangerous to turn his eyes away from the Savior, even for a moment (Matthew 14:24–32). Therefore, “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).
In like manner, Paul urged the Colossians saying, “set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1–4 ).
And the apostle gave the same counsel to the Hebrews, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest” (Hebrews 3:1). Focusing our eyes on heaven is very crucial to our salvation for where a man’s treasure is, there his heart will be (Matthew 6:21).
To keep the eye of faith fixed upon Christ is to maintain uninterrupted contact with Him who is the source of power and can strengthen us to endure and to overcome. Here are some guiltiness on how to fix our eyes on the Savior:
1-Study the Scriptures daily. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness“ (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible alone is man’s manual for salvation. Peter wrote, “We . . . have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). And David wrote, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
2-“Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The daily connection with Heaven should not be cut (Luke 18:1). Paul labored “night and day” (1 Thessalonians 2:9); he also prayed “night and day” (1 Thessalonians 3:10). So, it should be with us. Jesus, our example, prayed many times all through the night (Luke 6:12; Matthew 26:36–44).
3-Trust in the Lord: “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2). We can fully trust Jesus Christ because He gave up His life to save us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
4-Wittness to the Lord. Jesus commissioned His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mathew 28:19). And the Bible affirms, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Finally, to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ means that the soul must live His life (Galatians 2:20). Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4).
In His service,