In Hebrews 12:1-2, there is wise counsel: “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Do we fix our eyes on Jesus? Or merely give him a quick look. Or just glance in his direction.
One definition of the word “fix” is “fasten securely.” That’s it. We fasten our eyes securely on Jesus to persevere in the race of life set before us.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus is no easy task. There are so many distractions. Every day, all kinds of things grab our attention, our focus.
And when we are able to fix our eyes on Jesus, we often look at one or two things that we hear over and over again. He is Lord. He is Savior. Those things are significant. They are the sum of who Jesus is.
But fixing our eyes on Jesus compels us to view everything about him–from birth to death. And if we fix our eyes on his entire life, we will hardly have time to look at much else. Looking at all of Jesus’s life will provide us the fuel to run the race of our lives with perseverance.
Paul makes it clear what it means to run and finish the race in II Timothy 4:6-7. When he proclaimed that he had finished, he said that his life had been poured out. He gave it all that he had. He persevered to the end. He kept his eyes fixed on Jesus.
In Philippians 2:5, Paul finds another way of encouraging us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He says to have the “same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Fixing our eyes–having the same mindset: two striking images designed to give us the insight and strength to run life’s race with Jesus at our side.