Just what does it mean to fix the gaze of our hearts upon Jesus? It’s obvious our hearts don’t have eyes, and even our natural eyes can’t see Jesus. Was what I said in yesterday’s devotional simply filler, or is there really something to the concept of looking to Christ?
Looking to Jesus is not only possible, but essential to succeed in the Christian life. It’s more than a notion. But before we can really profit from this practice, we must first understand what it means and how we can incorporate it into our daily routine.
To look to Jesus, we need simply open the Bible and read what it tells us about Him. We will learn much from Christ’s words and His lifestyle. We will profit greatly by considering His promises. But the greatest benefit to be gained lies in our realization of the implications Christ’s sacrifice had on us.
Think about it – because Christ died and shed His blood on the cross for you, you are:
- God’s child (John 1:12);
- Christ’s friend (John 15:15);
- united with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17);
- bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19–20); and
- a saint who has been set apart for God (Ephesians 1:1).
I hope that thinking on these truths will put a smile on your face; but if you really want to profit from them, meditate on the Person Who made them all possible. With your mind’s eye you will see the perfect Lover Who adopted you as His child, befriended you, joined you to His Body, purchased you, and set you apart for His glory. So watch where you’re watching. Look to Jesus. The view could change your life forever.
In the Scriptures there is a portrait of God, but in Christ there is God Himself. . . . Christ is the living Bible. – Unknown Author
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.