Fixing our Eyes on Jesus

Keith Knight

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  Hebrews 12:1-2

At times, it is very easy to get discouraged and disheartened when you are serving the Lord in ministry. Sometimes people won’t always listen to you. Other times, people will put you down, critique and criticize you. Many times you will find answers to three problems and seven others will surface and take their place. You begin to wonder if you’re making any headway, or making any progress at all. For some, the easy road to travel is to give up and throw in the towel, but we need to realize that there is nothing wrong with becoming weary in our service to the Lord. But likewise, we must never become weary of it!!!

So when you feel weary, fix your eyes on Jesus!

When ministry discouragement hits you hard, I encourage you to ask yourself a couple of questions:

For whom am I doing this for?
Am I serving man or God?

The Bible says, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9). The strength you and I need to keep going comes from spending time in God’s presence. We will be able to do what He calls us to do only by remembering that we labor through Him and for Him. We need to remember that our service and labor to the Lord in not in vain. We serve not out of duty and obligation. We serve willingly because it’s a labor of love!

The author of Hebrews realized that the individuals to whom he was writing were discouraged and weary. They were feeling sorry for themselves and saw life as hard. And the writer gave them a message fit for their condition. Hebrews 11 is often called “the Hall of Faith.” It contains the stories of faithful men and women who stood firm by trusting God’s word. We find Noah, who obeyed God even when the request seemed ridiculous. He built an ark that saved his family and so became an heir of righteousness. Abraham, a man who followed God’s instruction to go to an unknown land in order to receive an unseen inheritance. And Moses, who left a life of prominence and privilege to lead people who often complained and were ungrateful to the land God, had promised them.

After reading through chapter 11 of Hebrews and realizing that all that these faithful people had endured, the writer of Hebrews then comes to the secret of their faith and perseverance: The Bible says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2).

Are you weary? If so, there is only one cure for weariness:
You need to take your eyes off of yourself, your own problems and fix our eyes on Jesus.
You need to take your eyes off of other people, and fix our eyes on Jesus.

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