My focus is on Jesus in these awkward days of 2020. Eyes on Him.
Psalm 34:5 holds a key to the purpose I feel the Lord has given me for my life ministry. Those who keep their eyes on Jesus will be radiant and their faces will not be covered with shame.
Eyes on Jesus and Shine is the name of my ministry. Likely most people will never be aware that such a ministry exists. It doesn’t have a budget or a board. However it does have a CEO, and His name is Jesus.
My life is a ministry. Day-to-day living in the territory I have been given. I check in with my CEO regularly throughout the day and confer often with His written mandate for how to walk out this life calling. People cross my path regularly and I know He’s sent them on purpose for a purpose.
My prayer and hope is that I am filled up with my CEOs power source continuously. Yet, my eyes do wander at times. My tank gets depleted when I give into the temptation that this life ministry is on my shoulders and fueled from my fleshly physical, intellectual and emotional resources.
Those are the days or seasons when my CEO sends someone or something too much for my ability. I recognize in my insufficiency that my eyes are misdirected, and my supernatural power supply has become disconnected. People, most often, bring me back to the truth of Psalm 34:5.
Your life and mine are testimonies. Our lives tell an ongoing story. Lifegiving transformation enveloped my individual journey once I realized that each day of my life is a page written and the end of the story yet to be revealed.
I want my life to tell a story of intentionally choosing to turn my eyes to Jesus… To gaze at His face… To move in closer to His all consuming fire… To allow His love and glory to cause my face to shine as happened to Moses…I want His purifying fire to cleanse and purify me so that all shame is burned away.
Jesus is faithful. Eyes on Jesus… You’ll shine with His radiance. Psalm 34:5 We need more radiance and glory on earth. Will you turn your face to Jesus?
1. Take time to read slowly through Psalm 34:5 in several different translations. Perhaps, you can write one of them on a card to mail to yourself. Draw or paint what Holy Spirit reveals. Give this verse a tune and sing it.
2. Read through hebrews 12:1-3 in The Message translation below. Read it as if a coach is speaking you as a team player. Is this a pre-game or a half-time speech? How do you respond? What do you want to do with this motivational message?
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus , who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there , in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG