“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
The state of MN is using this weekend as an opportunity to crack down on “distracted driving.” Police officers will be out in force making sure that people are keeping their eyes on the road. The report I heard says they’ll be pulling people over who are texting while driving, or putting on make up, or reading, or anything else that keeps their attention away from what should be their main focus of driving a moving vehicle.
Sometimes as a Pastor I feel like those police officers. I’m watching people drive through life, and they’re focused on anything and everything but their relationship with Jesus. People then wonder why they find themselves in a crash. It’s easy to be distracted by the things of this world (both good things and bad things). Actually, it’s more likely the good things that are going to distract people. Often when life is hard it’s easier to look to Jesus. It’s when everything is going along smoothly; when the road looks wide and open and you’re driving the nice new sports car and the radio is playing your favorite tune that you lose focus. Distracted living is a huge problem for American Christians.
The author of the book of the book of Hebrews reminds us to “Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.” It’s a total and complete act of faith to look at Jesus while you’re walking through life. Big problems grab your attention. Good times lull you into a sense of complacency. Worries nag at you and make you look away. In all of these moments it’s critical to keep our eyes on Jesus who is the author and perfecter of our faith. He has the path laid out. By keeping our eyes on Him we’re keeping our eyes on the best way through the challenges and joys of life.
The best way to keep your eyes on Jesus as you travel through life is to spend time with Him. Daily devotions help keep your eyes where they belong and limit the distractions. Weekly worship also helps to keep our attention and focus where it needs to be, on Jesus. Stop that distracted living! Fix your eyes on Jesus!