FOR THURSDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Hebrews 11:32-12:2
“We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Now he holds the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne.” (Hebrews 12:2; GOD’S WORD Translation)
In her book Jesus Today, Sarah Young offers this secret of finding victory in life: “Gaze at Me; Glance at problems”. Too often, we do the very opposite. We focus on the problems which preoccupy all of our attention and energy. Hence our lives are filled with worry and anxiety. Instead of seeing all the blessings God has graciously provided, we see only our blunders.
How do I focus on Jesus? That was a question on fellow named Archie posted on Facebook. One response in particular which he received caught my attention: “I think Jesus will be truly the focus and in focus when we see Him in the others around us and treat the others around us as if they were Him. I think that would be the ultimate test on if we are loving the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves.”
If we want to see Jesus today, we need to seek him in whomever we might meet this day.
PRAYER: God of Grace and Glory, there is no problem, circumstance nor situation that is greater that You. Help us to keep our eyes on Jesus who both began and finished this race we are in. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]