Fixing Our Eyes

Fixing our Eyes

Where are you going? What is your aim? I find myself asking these questions while reading Acts 3.

This is where we find a well known story from Acts. Peter and John go to the temple to worship and meet a beggar. Instead of giving them money, they offer him Jesus. And he went walking, and leaping, and praising God.

If I would have been in the same situation, I’m not sure if I would have reacted the same way as Peter and John. I probably, like I do now, would have tried to scurry along without making eye contact.

Peter and John were Christ centered. They had faith in the power of Jesus to work in this man’s life. Of course I believe that in my heart, but does that belief really make its way into the actions of my life? If my life were truly Christ centered, the answer to that question would be yes.

So what does it mean to be Christ centered?

I think Hebrews 12 gives us the best definition. “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” [1] Our journey with Christ is a life long pilgrimage. It’s a continual seeking after Christ. When run with our eyes fixed on Jesus, then it is easier for the rest of our life to fall into place. Peter and John we running with their eyes on Jesus. When the met this man, they did for him what they were doing in their own lives. They directed him to Jesus.

So often we fall into the trap of thinking that Peter, John, and the other apostles were these amazing supernatural men who had amazing gifts beyond the grasp of the likes of us, but really they were just men focused on Jesus. We can be the same as them. If our eyes are fixed on Jesus, then we will be able to help others do the same just like Peter and John.

On Sunday, Mont shared, “A Jesus Christ centered church will point people to a message of hope and grace and will challenge people to be like Jesus.” I pray that we will be so focused on Christ that our first impulse will be to direct people to Jesus in all that we do.

[1] Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013), Heb 12:1–2.

 

One thought on “Fixing Our Eyes

  1. Arie Uittenbogaard 05/27/2016 / 3:13 am

    It’s indeed very important to stay focused on Christ, but sometimes it’s difficult to remember what Christ is in order to focus on Him. Ask people: what is Christ? And what precisely should people be focused on? And you might be surprised with what you hear answered.

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