Eyes on Jesus

13.05.21 12:30 AM Comment(s) By Christian Education

We can be observant in many ways. We can observe when people have a need, we can self-reflect and observe ways in which we can improve ourselves, we can observe and appreciate beautiful things, and we can look back and use hindsight to observe moments in the past. 
To be observant or watchful is a wonderful characteristic to develop, and it can help us excel in many of areas of life. 

It is a truth that we become what we consume. The things we read, the things we watch, the conversations we have – they all influence us. 

We have been given a measure of control over what we allow to influence us. It is important that with this freedom we make sure that Jesus is at the top of our list of influencers. 

This world is a deceptive and manipulative place; there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing. How can we discern the paths that are Godly and those that aren’t? 

The answer is: ‘Keep Watch’, ‘Be observant’, ‘Look out’. 

In the past we have discussed the characteristics of Christ. This year alone we have talked about a fewConfidence, Commitment, Peacefulness, and Obedience, and there are SO many more. 

These characteristics are indicators of godliness. We need to learn about them, get accustomed to them, OBSERVE them.  

By knowing the ways of Christ, we are able to be drawn to godliness in our own lives. We begin to recognise these characteristics as if we were recognising an old friend. On the other hand, we will be acutely aware when there is a lack of Christ’s character, and because of this, we’ll see all the red flags which in turn will help us to know when it’s time to find a new direction. Really useful for those of us who find it hard to make decisions!

With this in mind, let’s make it a goal to keep our eyes on Christ, observe His character and be watchful for His presence in our lives. 

Hear instruction and be wise, 
and do not neglect it. 
Blessed is the one who listens to me, 
watching daily at my gates, 
waiting beside my doors. 
Proverbs 8:33-34

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  

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