Look and Live
“Two boys were playing in the snow one day, when one said to the other, ‘Let us see who can make the straightest path in the snow.’ His companion readily accepted the proposition, and they started. One boy fixed his eyes on a tree, and walked along without taking his eyes off the object selected. The other boy set his eyes on the tree also, and, when he had gone a short distance, he turned, and looked back to see how true his course was. He went a little distance farther, and again turned to look over his steps. When they arrived at their stopping place, each halted and looked back. One path was true as an arrow, while the other ran in a zigzag course. ‘How did you get your path so true?’ asked the boy who had made the crooked steps. ‘Why,’ said the other boy, ‘I just set my eyes on the tree, and kept them there until I got to the end.'”
Now, this, my friend, is an excellent illustration of the Christian life. Listen to what the author of Hebrews says:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2 NLT)
Here is the secret to life. Here is how we experience abundant life daily. By keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus! In good times and in bad times, in adversity and in prosperity, the secret to life and victory is to keep “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (NKJV).
Remember Peter? He walked on water! That’s right, he stepped out of the boat in the midst of a terrible storm and conquered the wind and the waves. His secret? He was looking unto Jesus.
Child of God, no matter how you feel, or how tough your life may seem right now, keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t take them off of Him to look at your weaknesses. Don’t remove them to consider your strengths. Just keep looking unto Him for everything. Jesus is your wisdom, your righteousness, your sanctification, and your redemption. Look unto Him and you will live!