Day 6: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. Now what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.
Your perspective is everything. The way you see things is how they are going to be. Do you see the glass as half empty or do you see the glass as half full? Are you always pointing out the negative or are you looking for the positive?
The writer of Hebrews tells us:
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:2 NLT)
It’s hard to worry about your circumstances when your eyes are focused on Christ. It’s hard to look at your situation when your eyes are fixed on the Savior. The writer of Hebrews knew this. This is why he provokes us to keep our eyes on Jesus. All your worry, anxiety, and stress will fade when your faith is founded in Jesus.
Paul, who is considered the greatest man to ever live apart from Jesus, wrote this:
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT)
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)
You ever notice why the rear view mirror and side mirrors are so small in comparison to the windshield? I believe it’s because for the majority time we are driving, we are moving forward not backwords. In other words, what Paul is invoking upon us, is to quit looking in the rear view and side mirrors. Look forward through the big windshield. Keep your eyes focused straight ahead. You can’t move forward while looking in the rear view. You only go backwards. In order to see the bright future God has and to charge on forward into the purpose He has for you, fix your eyes on Jesus. Don’t look to the right. Don’t look to the left. But keep your gaze straight ahead.
So what are you looking at? Are you focused on your failure or are you fixed on your future in Jesus? Are you looking in the rear view or are you peering through the windshield?