“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
Where’s my focus? Wherever I focus, so goes my thoughts. When I focus on the things I don’t have, I become unthankful. When I focus on national or world news, my fears become pronounced. If I focus on others, I experience a wide range of emotions or thoughts, from joy and thankfulness, to unmet hopes or even anger. And when I focus on myself…forget it.
Spurgeon exhorts us from Hebrews 12:2 to ‘not let our hopes or fears’ rule our hearts or come between us and Jesus:
“It is always the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us pay attention to ourselves instead of to Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith. You do not repent enough. You will never be able to continue to the end. You do not have the joy of His children. You have such a weak hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we will never find comfort or assurance by looking within.
But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self. He tell us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, that it is not your hold of Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not your hope in Christ that saves you, it is Christ. It is not even your faith in Christ, though that is the instrument, but it is Christ’s blood and His merits that save you; therefore, do not look as much to your hand, with which you are grasping Christ, as to Christ. Do not look to your hope, but to Jesus, the Source of your hope. Do not look to your faith, but to “Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith”.
We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our actions, or our feelings. It is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep your eyes simply on Him. Let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, and His intercession be fresh on your mind.
When you wake in the morning, look to Him. When you lie down at night, look to Him. Oh, do not let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus. Follow hard after Him–He will never fail you.”