THURSDAY, MAY 31
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 ESV
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: FOCUS ON JOY
Bible teacher Tony Evans tells of a farmer who was teaching his son to plow with a mule. “To make straight furrows, son, just pick out an object beyond the field and keep your eyes fixed on it,” said the father. The boy nodded his head in understanding, and the farmer left. When he came back an hour later, the farmer was shocked to see a field of twisted furrows. “What happened, son? I thought I told you to keep your eye on an object beyond the field.” said the father. “I did, Dad,” the boy replied, pointing to the “object” he had chosen, which was a cow in the adjoining pasture!”
Whether we’re plowing a field or running the race called the Christian life, it’s critical that we keep our eyes on the right target. Despite all the great men and women of faith the Hebrews had just read about, only Jesus Himself was worthy of their undivided loyalty and attention. We are encouraged to focus of Jesus because only He is the author and finisher of our faith. Only Jesus joyfully went to the cross on our behalf. And only Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. No one else compares to Jesus and what He has lovingly done for us.
So many of us have had seasons of wandering from the faith or church because we were focused on “cows in other pastures.” We’ve all had people let us down. Even the best of us is flawed. As great as other Christians may be, they are still imperfect and can let us down. There are no perfect churches or perfect people. Stop letting that be an excuse for you not surrendering fully to Christ. Look at what Jesus has done and continues to do and run to Him. Confess to God any seasons of wandering you have had that were the result of looking at others more than Him. Ask God to open your eyes to see why He is so worthy to be loved and followed.