“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!”Matthew 6:22-23 MSG
For the restoration of mankind to God.
For the intimate relationship with you.
That is why Jesus went to the cross.
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”
Hebrews 12:2 MSG
He began and finished this race – this faith journey of trusting God while dealing with the reality of a broken life in a broken world.
Jesus entered this brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world. He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.
Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God. He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.
When you are overwhelmed and the difficulty before you begins to weigh you down – fix your eyes on Jesus.
He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. You were His reason so He could be yours.
Where are you headed?
What are you believing God for?
What does God have on your horizon?
When your eyes are on the ground as you walk, you can only see the next step and it can seem like you are not going anywhere at all.
Look up from your feet. See farther down the road. See with eyes of faith what might be there and keep walking forward.
“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.
Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is.
See things from his perspective.”
Colossians 3:1-2 MSG
The road you are on may feel long but God can see where it’s headed and He knows why you are on it. He is longing to share His perspective with you. He wants you to see what He sees but you can only do it with eyes of faith.
If you are struggling today with anxiety or discouragement, I’m challenging you to lift up your eyes and change your perspective. I’m asking Jesus to pour His faith into your heart and show you His vision for your future.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV
You can hear the world around you with all it’s noise, music, conversations, sounds and miss what God is saying to you.
How easy it is to just see the mess, the chaos, the problems, the pollution.
How easy it is to hear the negative words, the off key singing, the construction zone noise.
How natural it is to see all that is wrong and hear all that is loud.
How supernatural it is to see all that God is doing and hear all that God is saying.
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. (Matthew 13:16 NIV)
How you choose to see the world makes all the difference in how you experience it.
Don’t live blind, live blessed.