One of the most difficult things you will ever do on your journey of faith is fix your eyes on Jesus when you’re walking through the darkness, or searching for perspective in what you see and experience. All of humanity has a temporal, natural perspective of life, but God wants you to have a supernatural perspective so you can see things like He does.
The eternal perspective that God has versus the perspective you have will conflict in the worst of times- times when healing is desperately needed, times when you need direction, times when you’re in pain, or afraid, or feeling depressed, times when you cannot see how the Lord will work it out. You will be tempted to see life through the lens of your experience instead of through the eyes of faith. (Phil. 3:7-14; 2 Corinthians 5:7) That is why you must learn to fix your eyes on Jesus.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18 Paul wrote, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Where do you look for an invisible God? You need spiritual eyes, so you must go into the secret place– into His presence- and worship is what brings you there.
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus and He Will Open Your Eyes
In Christ, you will work out your salvation and learn what is a “right” or “wrong” perspective for your life according to God’s Word, but above it all an eternal perspective is what you need and that can only be revealed by the Lord. Only He can see it all. Only He understands how it all goes together. Only He has the answers. Only He knows what comes next.
…above it all an eternal perspective is what you need and that can only be revealed by the Lord.~Alicia Purdy
Your perspective of things will never be accurate if it doesn’t reflect God’s perspective, and to get His perspective, you need to be close enough to Him to see with the eyes of faith. In John 16:13 Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would “show you things yet to come.” The Lord will open your eyes to who He is, who you are and what His plan is for your situation if you fix your eyes on Jesus.
What You’ll See When You Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus
Hebrews 3:1 says, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” (NIV)
You were born with a natural mind, made in the image of God, but that will only get you so far, especially when life gets hard. Have you ever noticed that even the body of Christ struggles with many of the same problems the unsaved world does? That is because transformation through sanctification, where you move from being naturally-minded to being spiritually-minded, is a life-long process.
Paul wrote that those with a natural mindset see everything with a veil over their hearts, yet “When anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is removed… But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:14-15)
You need the mind of Christ if you want to see things like He does. As you learn to fix your eyes on Jesus, you’ll also experience a transformation in how you think of things – your problems, the people in your life, your path and your plans, and everything else. Your mind will transform from its natural perspectives and reactions and experiences to spiritual perspectives as you are changed from “glory to glory.”
What You’ll See When You Fix the Words of Jesus in Your Heart
Plenty of people believe in Jesus, but not every believer truly fixes their eyes on Jesus, because that desire for His perspective is a condition of the heart. “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads,” the Lord said in Deuteronomy 11:18. (NIV)
“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.”~Philippians 4:8
The best and most effective tool you have to get your mind under control and change your perspective from your own to the Lord’s is to worship. You’re going to face all kinds of situations in your life where you’ll need wisdom, direction and guidance, help, courage and more, but if your mind doesn’t have the perspective of the Lord, you’ll always struggle against your own natural tendencies.
Psalm 119:11 says that the only way to stay apart from sin against God is to hide His Word in your heart. Of course He can cleanse your heart and mind, your thoughts and your desires, but if you are truly being “changed from glory to glory” the desire for sin will become overwhelmed by the desire to be like Christ.
That kind of transformation is only going to happen when you see the glory of the Lord, Paul wrote. Is it when you close off the world and enter into the Lord’s presence through worship, thanksgiving and praise that you will see the glory of the Lord and if you stay there long enough, you’ll be changed by it.
Thought for today: If You Fix Your Eyes on Jesus, You’ll See Things Like He Does
Through Jesus Christ, it is possible to live a life fixed from pain of the past; fixed from the fear of the future; fixed from the trauma of negative words spoken against you; fixed from rejection; fixed from bitterness; fixed from unforgiveness; fixed from addiction; fixed from anger… FIXED – as you fix your eyes on Jesus.
Jesus had the perspective of peace in the storms. Jesus was crucified and His perspective was forgiveness. Jesus heard Lazarus was dead and His perspective was life. Jesus saw a prostitute and His perspective was redemption. Jesus saw the lame, sick and blind and His perspective was healing.
Every situation in your entire life can be lived from the perspective of Jesus Christ as you fix your eyes and your mind on Him, and fix His words in your heart.
Worship is God-centered because it is ministry to Him. Let everything else go. “Fix” His Word in your heart and soul (the inward reminders) and “bind them as a sign on your hand” (the outward reminders) and minister to the Lord. Take the time to get His perspective by fixing your eyes on Him and He will refocus your natural perspective to His, perfect, supernatural one.
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