Thursday, May 31, 2012

Straight Line

I managed to do it again, and I did it very well.

I'm mowed a straight line across my wide yard.

Not amazed? You should be. My yard is 75 yards wide.

How do I do it? I stare at an object 100 yards beyond where I need to go. I fix my eyes on the object.

As long as I keep my eyes on the object, I can drive a straight line. But the moment I look away, I get out of line.

As long as Peter stared at Jesus, he walked on water. When he looked away and saw the waves, he sank.

Luke 9:51 indicates that when Jesus realized his ascension was approaching, he became determined to go to Jerusalem. Going to Jerusalem would cost him his life. So he 'fixed' his eyes on heaven and he endured the cross.

Hebrews 12:1-2 reminds us about 'fixing' our eyes on Jesus. The passage has 2 challenges:
  • to put aside the sins that weigh us down,
  • to live with patience the life before us, keeping our eyes 'fixed' on Jesus.
If I fix my eyes on Jesus, I will see him:
  • overcoming temptation with Bible verses.
  • preaching repentance.
  • serving the ill.
  • telling people how to be happy.
  • warning people about following him, and the trouble that will come.
  • teaching the extent of our influence.
  • indicating the importance of conflict resolution.
  • teaching the extreme need to not stumble with sins like adultery.
  • urging careful mate selection.
  • promoting promise keeping.
  • retarding retaliation.
  • loving his enemies.
  • practicing a non-showy piety.
  • praying.
  • mastering money.
  • wiping out worry.
  • showing the self-condemning nature of judging others.
  • handcuffing hypocrisy.

This is the author and perfecter of our faith. When I fix my eyes on him, I will walk his straight line.