December 30, 2022 (one month ago)

“What are you looking at?” That question can be asked with a variety of tonal inflection. It can be angry, interested or merely curious. I’m asking you, since you stopped whatever you were doing to read this, “Who are you looking at?” Upon whom are your eyes fixed? Do you have a hard time keeping your eyes fixed on any one person? In Hebrews 11 we have momentarily fixed our eyes on a lot of different people. All of them were commended by God for their faith. Some of them have a very clean record, as far we know. Others, have what we would call euphemistically, “blemishes.” In other words, they were not perfect by holy standards and yet God commended them for their faith. The chapter breaks are of human invention and therefore we often stop reading just short of the ultimate faith hero. In chapter 12, the author reminds us to fix our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. These words mean that Jesus was the ultimate example of what it looks like to live by faith. Other people lived by faith but only One did it to perfection. Because of His example and the complete way in which He fulfilled His obedience to the Father, He deserves to be the captain of all who choose to live by faith. He’s our Leader, our Example, our Savior, Lord and King. It’s surprising how easy it is to get our eyes off Him. We look to other teachers, we compare ourselves with other people, and we serve other people’s agendas. If you are looking for a biblical New Year’s resolution, it would be tough to improve upon Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus.”