July 22

July 22
by Rick Mark

It is okay to stare

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.

Hebrews 12:2 NIV

In my morning devotions this morning, I meditated on this verse from Hebrews.  I went zooming (the old kind) in thought right back to my childhood.  My mother taught me early on how impolite it was to stare or “fix our eyes” on something.  If she caught me staring at another whom was “different” (not the same as me), it was not unusual for her to tug at my ear to point my head in a different direction.  This was a teachable moment.

Fortunately, I did not know my Bible well enough at the time to quote scripture to my mom.  And reflecting, had I been able to quote scripture, it would have been a double tug.

The writer of Hebrews is saying it is okay to stare if we are staring at Jesus.  Jesus needs to be our role model for everything in life.  He is the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  Jesus knows I need help in perfecting my faith.  We all do.

I discovered as a child it was one of my strengths—watching someone do something and imitating them until I could do it too.  My dad and mom taught me many things this way.  Not until I was older, did I realize my life of faith would be aided by this same kind of application.

Why do I read the Bible as much as I do?  To fix my eyes on Jesus.  He is the front runner of modeling the way we need to live as Christians.  I grow in faithfulness and become a more well-rounded disciple of his, only when I watch, practice, and learn to do what He wants me to do.  This is a lifelong process.  We all need to work at it every day. 

Occasionally it is okay to stare . . .if you fix your eyes on Jesus.

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