Devotional

We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne!”  –  Hebrews 12:2 (CEV).

With all the distractions in life, it’s easy to get focused on the wrong thing. The Bible communicates very clearly that we need to focus on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But life happens so fast in the 21st Century that staying focused on God in today’s ever changing world is not easy.  

When problems come our way we tend to take our focus off Jesus. We take our focus off Jesus and put it on our setbacks. We take our focus off Jesus and put it on our the walls we can’t seem to het over or around. We take our focus off Jesus and put it on our pain and heartache. And although we know that God “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) we still take our focus off Jesus: our setbacks seem too big, our circumstances seem to heavy, our pain seems too much to withstand. The answer is to put your focus on Jesus. Put your focus on Jesus and He will turn that setback into a comeback. Put your focus on Jesus and He will ease the pain and heartache.  

Jesus had an incredible ability to stay on target. His ability to focus is a strong characteristic of His life. His life never got off track. From the day Jesus started His ministry, He was relentlessly focused on one task – the task that mattered – to reconciling mankind back to Himself again by opening up a way of salvation. He was so focused that His final words were, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)  Jesus could say those words because He had completed His designated task. His purpose was fulfilled. The job was done.

So how do we have that same type of focus? Reading Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to take our eyes off ourselves and our circumstances – off the setbacks or the walls in our lives—and fix them squarely on Christ. Because our focus determines our direction. When we look at ourselves, we see our weaknesses, past failures, and the many excuses we make. But in looking to Jesus, we find strength, forgiveness, and the courage to run our race. No matter how much adversity comes our way or how many disappointments threaten to knock us out of the race, keeping our focus on Jesus will ultimately bring us victory.

Christ is the perfecter of us and our faith. We can trust Him to turn our resolution into reality as we stay focused on Him.

Discussion Questions

  1. What “walls” in your life have you been looking at?
  2. What can you do to remind yourself to keep your eyes on Christ? What word would help you maintain focus?