Summary: Here’s a sermon to help us regain our focus as Christians. Far too often we allow our attention to be directed in the wrong direction. This sermon includes an amusing story to develop the point.
Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus
Hebrews 12:1-2 N.I.V.
1 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.
2Let 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. N.I.V.
At the beginning of this new year,
I’d like to suggest a theme for the year
along with a theme verse.
I’ve been thinking and praying about it.
I’m convinced that if Gospel Chapel
is going to have a good year in 2008
we need to have a theme.
It has to be something that will improve
the spiritual condition of our congregation.
Therefore, our theme this year is
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”
That speaks of united action-“Let us.”
It speaks of a definite action-“fix our eyes.”
And it speaks of a single aim-“on Jesus.”
My prayer is that we as a congregation
will come to know him better than ever,
to love him more and more,
to serve him with renewed enthusiasm,
and to declare His Name with increasing vigor.
I believe that God has important things for us to do.
And Jesus must be at the center of all we do.
In 2008 we must fix our eyes on Jesus,
and proclaim the message of the cross.
I have a story to tell you today:
While crossing the US-Mexican border on his bicycle, Pedro Gonzalez was stopped by a border guard who pointed to two sacks Pedro had on his shoulders. "What’s in the bags?", asked the guard. "Sand," said Pedro."Get them off - we’ll take a look," said the guard. Pedro did as he was told. He put down the two sacks and poured out the contents. Sure enough, they contained nothing more than sand. The border guard stood there scratching his head for a while then he told Pedro to empty his pockets. Pedro complied by pulling his pockets inside out revealing that there was nothing in them. The Border guard was sure that this Mexican was a smuggler. Even so, he told Pedro that he was free to go. So Pedro carefully scooped up the sand in his hands and reloaded the two sacks. Putting them back on his shoulders, Pedro continued across the border.
We’ll get back to that story a little later!
Our Focus Must Be On Jesus
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”
The word “fix” comes from a Greek word “aphorao”
It means “to consider attentively”.
It means to look away from other things
so that you can focus all your attention on one object.
I ran the 100 Yard Dash in Grade School and High School
When the starting gun sounds,
I started running as hard as I could.
I didn’t look back.
I didn’t look around.
I kept my eyes on the finish line and kept on running.
That’s what we need to do as Christians!
We must fix our eyes on Jesus.
1 Cor. 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
We are all running the race of life!
Each day we are getting closer to the Finish Line!
Our goal is to be with Jesus in heaven.
Therefore, we must keep our eyes on Him.
This requires all that we do!
It asks us to consider how we use our time.
What fills your eyes?
Is it Jesus?
How could it be anything else?
When we take our eyes off Jesus…
We are in serious danger!
We had some bad times here at Gospel Chapel in 2007.
Do you know what was the main reason?
We took our eyes off Jesus!
We looked at ourselves!
We looked at what other people were doing!
We looked at the circumstances!
But we should have been looking at Jesus!
Remember when Jesus asked Peter
to walk toward Him on the water?
So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
Peter was doing great as long as he kept looking at Jesus!
But when Peter started looking at circumstances…
He began to sink!
That’s what happened here last year!
Let’s not let that happen again! Amen?