• Get Your Eyes Fixed

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    Mindful Matters series 2021

    Week of September 12, 2021

     

    Get Your Eyes Fixed

     

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2–3).

     

    Humans are born with eye problems, and it’s not the “great cloud of witness” that fogs up their view. In fact, the “great cloud of witnesses” are like spiritual eye doctors who help us to see once the Holy Spirit delivers faith to our souls, minds, and eyes.

    The great cloud that hinders, prevents, and sometimes blinds us from seeing Jesus as our Savior is no less than Satan and his minions, all operating within the minds and hearts of unbelievers. They are spiritually myopic at best, completely blind at worst. Those that can see, think they see their life with perfect clarity—like someone who needs glasses and but don’t realize they need them. They are content to live seeing only their own desires as something perfectly normal. And they often fret, despair, and sometimes sue over things they can’t control. The words of Scripture are only a blur—and that’s okay with them.

    Oh, some want to believe what God revealed to us in His words and the Word. But it seems too good to be true, or maybe His truth doesn’t happen according to their timeline or their guidelines. Sometimes, we are one of them. We need to refocus. The only fix is to keep our eyes on Jesus.

    Though unable to see our Savior right now, He is with us. To fix our eyes on Him right now requires more than a vision of our glorious Redeemer. The best—and only thing we need—is Scripture. It’s like spectacles that enable us to see spectacles, foremost of which is the sacrificing, suffering, and victorious Savior.

    Getting our eyes fixed is easy when things are going well or when pleasures blind us to the realities of how things are really going. And when we’re searching for cures or relief from sins, aches, pains, and tragedies is most likely the time we need to remember today’s text.

     

    So stay focused. Ask the Holy Spirit for the kind of sight that always reveals the only dependable, trustworthy, and sometimes hard-to-accept source of true contentment and revelation of what’s to come in our forever future.

    By the way, His are fixed on you as you head home.

     

     

    Music matters: Some notes on fixing eyes. And a few more.

    Mindful matters: What now in your life causes faulty spiritual vision? What examples in world culture and affairs would improve if only sinners could keep their eyes fixed on Jesus? When will all see?

    LEA Lagniappe: New feature to add to your spiritual growth. Lagniappe will address often misused Bible passages or misattributions via links to accurate information. Today’s lagniappe is And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me” —Isaiah 6:8. Here is the accurate meaning (Ed Stetzer for Religion News Service). See more context of the passage here.

     

    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association

     

    Quoted Scripture: NIV®

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