I’m not sure how to describe the effect those glasses had on me that day, but “babe magnet” would not be an exaggeration. I got more attention from the ladies that day than all my years of tricks on the elementary school’s jungle gym combined.
So, I went home (after giving Ronnie his glasses back) and said, “Mom, I think I need glasses!” She said, “Let’s go get your eyes examined this afternoon.”
I knew I was going to be in big trouble. I knew the eye doctor would do his exam (with an eye chart I hadn’t memorized) and say to my Mom, “Mrs. Dixon. Your son’s eyes are perfect. I suspect he wants glasses as a kind of, how should I say this?, babe magnet.”
Instead, he comes out of the exam room and says, “Mrs. Dixon, I’ve completed your son’s examination — and he not only needs glasses. He needs to wear them all the time.”
I immediately drew the conclusion: There is a God in heaven and He loves me!
In this series of posts we are working on the topic of focusing our eyes on the Lord Jesus. And, yes, these posts are the rough beginning of a new book. We want to think through the issue of consciously directing our attention to the Savior in a world that is blind, or near-sighted, or deliberately closing its eyes to the gospel.
Let’s think a bit more about the passage we quoted in our first post — Hebrews 12 —
“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, 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
We are in a race. We are to run that race unhindered, throwing off everything that will slow us down or entangle us. We are to run that race with perseverance. And that race is not some haphazard dash through the woods. It is a race that has been “marked out for us” (v. 1).
But what are we do with our eyes? We are to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (v. 2). Fixing one’s eyes is the idea of looking away from one thing and at another. We are to concentrate our gaze on Jesus.
Our FOCUS is to be on the Lord Jesus. We are not tourists who are admiring the passing scenery as we run. Nor are we to look behind us at the other runners. We are to “fix” our eyes on Jesus who has gone before us. Who waits for us.
Today’s Challenge: Ask yourself, “Am I fixing my eyes on Jesus as I seek to run the race He has marked out for me? Or is my attention on the passing scenery or on other runners? In our next post we ask how we might sharpen our FOCUS on the Savior. (to be continued)