keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith,
We run and quickly run out of gas because we are not filled with the right fuel. “Keeping our eyes on Jesus” means that He is our source or what causes us to do anything. He is the source or author of our faith. It is because of Jesus that we believe and have new life. If we try to life this life on any other fuel or source then we will go kaput!
We run and run in the wrong direction because our focus is on the wrong thing. “Keeping our eyes on Jesus” means that we run toward Him as our goal. He matures us and grows us as we are conformed to His image or life and ways. When we run toward or focus on other things, they let us down and confuse us. God knows what is best for us and that is knowing Him and being like Him. All the other pursuits and obsessions end in disappointment and frustration because they cannot ultimately satisfy and give us meaning. God is the ultimate and most awesome, therefore, He is the only true fulfillment or goal.
We run and run into trouble because we run for the wrong reason. If we live the Christian life for selfish or worldly desires then we will be sorely frustrated. God’s work in us is not for worldly advancement or profit. When we seek to be Christians to get more of this world or puff ourselves up or to enhance our own comfort then we find that Christianity is lacking. God is making us like Him and causing us to grow in greater affections for Him, therefore, our comfort and pride are often distroyed.
When we run the Christian race and feel inadequate, that is an opportunity to readjust our gaze. What are you focused on? What is your goal? When you align your gaze on Jesus then He becomes your adequacy.
When we run the Christian race and feel we have lost control, that is an opportunity to readjust our gaze. What is it you want to control? Why do you want control over this? Why do you feel God doesn’t have this? When you align your gaze on Jesus then He is in control. He has the power, authority, and means to get done what needs to get done.
The real issue is whether God is the source or just some suppliment to life. Is Jesus what it is all about or just an addition? If He is the source then He demands our constant attention, affection, and aquiescence.