LOOKING UNTO JESUS
Hebrews 12 : 1-2
1Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus is invisible. Is that the only impediment that we quote for not working on looking at God? We need air, electricity, peace and joy. Can we deny and denounce them because they are invisible? The Lord constantly seeks our attention, mostly by good things and sometimes by things we won’t like.
Illustration : A monkey was throwing mangoes from a tall and thick tree and the boy was gathering all of them. Monkey worried why he would not look at him. Then it threw a ripe and rotten mango straight on his head. Then the boy looked up at the tree to find its source. The monkey was there looking and laughing at him.
Let us learn to look at God always who gives good things to us. Let us thankfully do it.
- By the support of witnesses (v.1a)
- Verse 1 of Hebrews 12 shows us the Plot of Christian life. The Scriptures directly teaches us about God. The life and interactions of the people narrated in the Bible helps us to learn what to do and what not to do for a child of God. Spirit of God will give us certain inspirations, instructions and guidance primarily through our spending time with Bible. Church Worship is another place that helps us to have a divine social life in which our spirits are tested and encouraged. If we lack testimonies of faith from others, we are called to offer one there in a regular basis.
- By shedding the weights (v.1b)
- Sin is always around us to pull and it goes brushing us because of our carnal nature interacting with the world. We sin because we are born in sin and have inherently deviating nature. Original sin could not be avoided, but the actual sin could. Worry easily creeps into us because we do not know about our future and who supports us for our future. The common instruction given to us to deal with it is to ‘shed’ it. It is a constant effort. What mechanism I have developed to shed? What should I shed today that is in front of me, so as to keep pace with God’s presence and godly peace in me is the question we should be asking every moment.
- By focusing on the walk (v.2)
- Life is a journey moving from one experience to another and one understanding to another. There are phases and occurrences in our life showing we are fallen and given to evil forces that caused deviations. How to get back? We look for help from people we confuse ourselves more. Therefore, learning to look at Jesus and search his righteous path is the habit we need to inculcate. There is a way uniquely designed for us to walk with God. Find it (Psalm 24:3-6).
Illustration : Once a boy complained irregularities and distractions in the Church that he is not able to focus well on God. Pastor counseled and asked him to hold a cup of hot tea to the brim level, and walk around the church building once. On return, he said whom all he saw and what all he heard. The boy said he could not concentrate on those things as he was fully focusing on the hot cup that may spill if deviated. Pastor took the opportunity to explain how to concentrate on God alone in the journey of life even while coming to a place to worship.