“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus…” (Heb. 12:2, GNT)
“I have set the Lord always before me…” (Ps. 16:8, ESV)
“One thing I ask… to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord…” (Ps. 27:4, NIV)
A young Christian is often tempted to be anxious about his or her weaknesses. One of the enemy’s favorite strategies to use against us is to get us to become obsessively introspective. We can become so focused on our floundering that we lose sight of the One who has promised to perfect the good work He started in us.
I believe that a central part of growing up into the freedom of maturity is learning to fix our heart’s gaze on Jesus. The more we are taken with His beauty, the less we will be wrapped up in self-focus.
More and more as the years pass, He will lovingly impart to us how to train our attention constantly on Him. As this happens, we will learn not to worry so much about our faults and failings. By His empowering, little by little, we will become less inwardly focused and more and more absorbed with Him.
Our focal point will become His glorious gentleness and His uncontested power to accomplish everything that is necessary for our transformation process. We will come to lean heavily into His unbreakable covenant commitment to achieve exactly what is needed in us.
This shift of focus is HIS job. He promises to instill in us the power to set our minds on things above, as we seek Him with all that we are. He will teach us how to gaze on Him.
The more He transforms us, the more we will keep our eyes fixed on Him. The more we keep our eyes fixed on Him, the more He will transform us!
The further we progress on this journey in Him from glory to glory, the more richly we will experience this truth: the becoming is in the beholding.
“We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2b, NKJV)