Kids always ask the best questions. Mandy Bowman here. One recent Wednesday night at church, I was sharing the story of Peter walking on the water with some young kids. When Peter keeps his eyes on Jesus, he’s able to walk across the water to him. But when he gets distracted, he starts to sink in. I encouraged the kids to “keep your eyes on Jesus,” and one young boy piped up with an excellent thought:
“How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when you can’t see Him?”
Answering that question isn’t just beneficial for a midweek kids’ ministry. Adult followers of Christ need to understand how to do that too. Keeping one’s eyes on Jesus involves not only acknowledging His teachings but also embodying them in our daily lives. Let’s explore the significance of this concept through the wisdom found in the Bible.
FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS
The Bible encourages believers to fix their eyes on Jesus as the ultimate example of faith and perseverance. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) beautifully captures this sentiment, “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.” This verse emphasizes the importance of focusing on Jesus as the trailblazer of faith, who endured immense challenges for a greater purpose. By keeping our eyes on Him, we draw strength to walk in obedience and navigate the difficulties in our own lives.
TRUSTING IN HIS GUIDANCE
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) instructs believers to trust in the Lord with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding. Then, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” This verse underscores the need for trust and submission to God’s guidance. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we walk in step with Him, trusting that He will lead us on a straight and righteous path.
WALKING IN LOVE
One of the central teachings of Jesus is love. In John 13:34-35 (NIV), He says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” Keeping our eyes on Jesus means embodying His love in our interactions with others, becoming a living testimony of His teachings.
STAY IN THE WORD
Afternoon host Jeff Loman also has some thoughts on this…
Colossians 2:6 (ESV) says, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk in him.” OK so what does that mean? What does that look like? To me, it’s like interacting with God throughout the course of your day, feeling God‘s presence and power in your life, and receiving his strength and guidance. It’s your growth. Our growth as believers is directly related to our walk with God. Walking is a step by step process and the same is true for the Christian life. One of the keys then for me is to be in God‘s word every day, having a conversation with God every day. The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use and not cake for spiritual occasions.
SEEKING HIS KINGDOM FIRST
In Matthew 6:33 (NIV), Jesus teaches about priorities, saying, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Keeping our eyes on Jesus involves prioritizing His kingdom and righteousness in our lives. This means aligning our goals, ambitions, and decisions with God’s will, trusting that all our needs will be provided as we seek Him first.
ARE YOU READY TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS?
Keeping our eyes on Jesus is more than a metaphorical expression; it’s a way of life deeply rooted in the teachings of the Bible. Through fixing our gaze on Him, trusting in His guidance, seeking His kingdom first, and walking in love, we can navigate life’s journey with purpose and resilience. How else do you set your gaze upon the Savior? Tell us about it in the comments!