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Hebrews chapter 12 gives us the encouragement to lay aside the thing that weights us down and causes us to stray from a life of holiness and purity in Christ. It continues by admonishing us to “run this race” with the endurance that finishes well. The writer of the letter then makes this statement – “…looking unto Jesus, the author of our faith…” One translator renders this “gaze upon Jesus…”
It is true, as Christians we are daily faced with temptations and pressures to compromise our values and principles. Whether it be in the print or electronic media, influences in the workplace, or maybe in our place of recreation or exercise, the opportunity is there to sacrifice our integrity. Our integrity is that which enables us to properly integrate with the Lord Jesus.
If that is violated, we dilute our fellowship with Him and the result is a reduced quality of life (hopefully only temporarily).
The word in this passage for “looking unto” in the original text really means “looking away from something in order to fix one’s gaze on one object.”
The assumed posture is important for us to grasp if we are to lead a successful Christian life. Not only do we turn our gaze upon the Messiah and view Him in all His majesty; we make a conscience decision to look away from all the voices and allurements that would cause us to do those things we might regret later.
I think it is important for us to remember Who it was that actually made us and gave us life. The creator of something is most likely the best party to consult when that “something” is malfunctioning. The one that made it has the best insight as to how it will operate at an optimum and how to correct the course when departed from. It is no different with us. Our Creator fashioned us and gave us instructions as to how can live the optimal life as His children. He knows what it best for us and He knows the lifestyles that will cause us heartache, and sometimes, even ill health. He doesn’t instruct us to avoid adultery, drunkenness, etc., because He is a grumpy God and never wants us to have any fun. It is because He understands better than we do the detriment these modes of behavior will have on our lives.
So, what is it that might be your Achilles heel? Is there some issue that you struggle with in your daily walk with Christ? Examine your gaze. Turn your focus and gaze away from the sin that might easily entangle you and fix it upon the Author of your faith.
This article goes out to all the young drivers who feel they constantly hear their parents preach about safe driving techniques and rules of the road. Trust me, we know how you feel. Remember, we’ve been there and done that. So there is quite a bit of knowledge and experience that goes along with getting older.
It may seem at times that everything your parents say is nothing more than a conspiracy to make your life dull, boring and difficult. But as I’ve mentioned before, your parents are much smarter than you give them credit for. Parents are like ace detectives on a case. The only difference in there case is that it involves no crime. There case is to investigate, learn and know as much as possible about today’s teens and their habits in order to keep you safe. Trends change like the seasons, but the one thing that never seems to change is life. Every teen goes through a stage in life where they feel their parents know nothing and are completely out of touch with current trends and issues. The old what do you know theory kicks in.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is apparent because of the difference in age that teens and adults will normally not like the same music, clothes and so on. But what parents have on teens is experience and you can’t buy experience. Experience and knowledge can only be gained over time with life experiences.
So my appeal to all teens is to please just simply listen to your parents. Listen to the words and wisdom of those who are trying to keep you from harm. These are the people who love you more than life itself. You may not realize it, but no matter how big you get, you will always be mom and dad’s little baby. Parents don’t view their kids any differently the older they get. Parents are always parents and will always care and love you no matter what. They will always want the best for you and worry about you constantly.
So to all the many teens and young people out there, please listen to your parents and elders about driving and other life issues. People who truly care about you will never lead you astray. Take their words to not only your hearts, but your minds, as well. Life can be tough, but listening to those who have lots of experience could and will save you lots of heartache and trouble, and might just save your life.
Listen, Watch and Learn. It’s your life to live. Please live it wisely!