Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lost in His Eyes

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Refrain:
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.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus- Helen H. Lemmel. 1922
Life is hard, beautiful, and sometimes distracting. It can cause pain or bring laughter. Turning our eyes to Jesus makes life fade, both the good and bad for His glory. One look in His eyes reminds us that life, the life we live day in and day out, is not about our needs. Your desires may be good and your needs may be great. Still, they fade in His eyes.
Hebrews 12:1-3 says, therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
We have a lot to live for in the time we have on earth. Our stories, which are crafted by a creative author, are lived every day, even the most mundane. But to live for His glory requires that we throw off distractions and hindrances. Our sin, committed in the flesh, disrupts living for the glory of His name. Therefore, it must die. In the Spirit, we then fix our eyes on Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face. After we have thrown off and fixed on, we consider. Jesus endured the life set before Him by the Father. Remember God's will for Jesus included joy, fellowship, scorn, and shame. The author of Hebrews points us to look to Jesus for that reason. By looking at our example, we will not grow weary and lose heart (verse 3).
The song Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus is running through my head, but is it resting in my heart?
In His Name,
Jennifer

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