Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus
by Brett Barry
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I hope to encourage you today by reviewing a few things you already know.
First, our God, is big.
Bigger than any big we can imagine.
So big, He began creation with the end in mind, beautifully making a way for the full redemption of humanity. He then drew a circle upon the face of the deep and mapped out the heavens. He uses the earth as His footstool yet at the very same time dwells deep within our inner being, inspiring us to hope in, yearn for and delight in His holiness, fellowship and approval. Yes, our God is big.
He is also great.
Greater than any great we can imagine.
So great that He stoops down to look at the heavens, holds the earth in His hands, drives out the enemy with His finger and calls us to oneness with Himself in a way that only He could make possible. Great men may do many great things, but our God is so great that He created the very men who perceive themselves as doing those great things. Great God. Created man. Big gap between our greatness and that of God, the Lord God Almighty whom we are learning to respect, revere and honor in service, yet Who invites us to call Him, “Abba”, Father. Clearly, God is not like us; we are like Him.
Well, that’s how He intended it anyway.
He does not fear, grow tired, weary or hopeless; He does not falter, fall or fail. He is the ultimate authority. The highest power. The first word. The final word. All was created by Him and for Him, and only in Him do we even exist! Our God is great.
If that is not enough, He is also love.
Indeed, He is loving, but He IS love. The origin from which justice, mercy and grace flow to define the impossible standard that He then empowers us through His Spirit to obtain and uphold. Love.
His thoughts toward are us are immeasurable, more than the sands of the sea. Having created each of us unique, He delights in our differences, rejoices in our quirky successes and grieves over our sufferings. He desires us to be with Him; and so we will be at the appointed time.
He IS love. (I encourage you to read that last paragraph again in first person, inserting “me/my” where there is “us/our”.) Our God is love.
Our God is holy.
He is holy, always has been, and forever will be. He wasn’t set apart, as one reserved for a noble purpose by someone or something higher than Himself; He wasn’t rescued, redeemed, renewed or restored; He IS the restorer and does those very things for all who will come to Him. He is self-sustaining, self-proclaiming, self-centered, yet completely selfless. His ways are above finding out. His throne is unapproachable, His face un-viewable. Yet He calls us to seek His face and reside with Him and in Him through Christ Jesus our Lord; to know Him, even as we are known.
Whenever I catch a glimpse into the eternal that somehow adds yet another inkling to my understanding of who He is, it all seems crazy…yet somehow totally right; because He is who He says He is, and I am responding to that for which I was made: oneness with my Creator. The God who IS big, great, love; the God who IS holy.
Crucial to our overcoming is our focus during the journey. When we meditate on God's attributes, it lifts, grows, changes our perspective on how we see ourselves, and the world around us. It strengthens us to draw near to Him, rejoice intentionally when we don’t feel like it, encourage others when we need encouraging and to give until it hurts; and then give some more. That’s what Jesus did. That’s what His disciples do.
For the joy set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. He looked beyond His circumstance to what He knew full well in the Spirit. Because of His oneness with His father, His resolve, hope and love were God-sized; greater than anything evil or great that man can come up with. And because of that, He was able to return to the Father through the cross. We must remember that His journey wasn’t only to the cross, it was THROUGH the cross. And so is ours.
May Jesus be lifted high in the forefront of our hearts and minds today. May we practice fixing our eyes on Him, and spurring one another on toward love and good deeds…encouraging one another—and all the more as we see the Day approaching!