Hebrews 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Our divinely created human senses have amazing abilities to assimilate and process much that is around us. If you have the opportunity, listen and pay attention to a conversation in a noisy crowd, and if you have the opportunity, turn on a recorder while doing so. Even with a dozen voices going on around us, we can discern content that we focus our attention on. If you listen to that recording later, however, you then hear the racket and clamor of all the other sounds, most of which you did not notice when you were focusing on the conversation.
Our vision works in a similar manner. Have you spotted a bird, or an animal or object in the distance, and tried to point it out to someone who just could not pick it out? They are seeing the same landscape as you are with eyes just as capable, but do not have the object focused in their vision. And have you looked away, and not be able to reacquire your focus? Our spiritual vision operates much the same way.
We live in a culture with more distractions that ever before in history. And nearly every single distraction is aimed at challenging our focus. A soldier in the field of battle needs to focus on his mission and not on the clamor of war all about him; likewise, we need to maintain our attention on our mission, which is knowing and following Jesus.
While it is good to take a broad view of those who have gone before us, as we do when looking at Hebrews 11, here we see where our eyes need to be constantly focused. It’s a good thing to study people of faith, but how much better it is to fix your attention on the Originator of all faith. And He is the one who will complete the work of faith within you.
We should keep our eyes upon Jesus; He certainly has His eye upon us. Everything He did, everything He endured on the cross, the torture, the humiliation, was with us in His mind’s eye. The “joy set before Him” is that we might be members in His family. “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:11)
This race we run, with Jesus in the lead, has every step set out for us. The Master of the universe has reassumed His place at the right hand of His Father and has accomplished for us everything we need. When we lose focus (and we will) He has not lost his focus on us. To succeed in the mission He has set before us, we must always fix our eyes on Jesus.
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22,23)