Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful Face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
- Excerpt from the song Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen H. Lemmel
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2
Envisage: “to view or regard in a certain way” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Tradition... The following of a template in an activity. Trick-Or-Treat, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents. Church? People in many ways were designed to follow. Along that line of followers are leaders, preachers, and traditions; only to name a few. All of the characters in that line are following something. Maybe it’s the person in front, the horizon, a tradition, or all of the above. And we get led astray. We go down the wrong paths. We miss our goals. All in the attempt to follow something we envisage as worthwhile. There is nothing wrong with following a tradition in itself. There is nothing wrong with following a leader at work, or a pastor at church. There’s nothing wrong with following, as long as it never takes our eyes off of the Good Shepherd. Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” - John 10:14-15 Humanity will lead you in the wrong direction. Your boss at work will be wrong. Your pastor will be wrong. I will be wrong. It’s not that we disregard all respect for the leaders and influences in our lives, but that they need to be placed in their proper perspective. If another person ever asks for your ultimate trust, run the other way. If a tradition requires undivided attention, break it. We all know that every human venture fails. We try our best to be right and to get better, but we’re not and never will be perfect. And so everything we do is wrought full of mistakes. And so to give our trust and allegiance to a mistake prone entity is foolish. We’re bound to be disappointed and disenfranchised, and they’re guaranteed to be set up for failure. But somehow the failures of humanity shrink when they’re put into perspective, when they’re put in their proper place. Because it doesn’t matter if my pastor was wrong last week, because Jesus still saves. It doesn’t matter if the President was wrong, because Jesus still saves. It doesn’t matter... Jesus saves! Do mistakes matter? Is corruption wrong? Are faults damaging? Yes, of course. But how much can this world hurt me when Jesus has already saved me? How much can this world hurt you, when you’re in the fold of Jesus. Pain, ridicule, disappointment. They’re all gonna hurt. But there’s something greater. Something that can assuage the impact of our setbacks, pains, and fears. Simply put, He’s Jesus Christ.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,