Happy New Year!
Here we roll into a new year. The turn of the calendar is a good time to revisit a theme for the upcoming year. Over the last few years we’ve had a variety of themes. Last year it was “we are Jesus’ ambassadors,” the year before it was PRAY>GO>SOW>LEAD>Urgently and the year before that was the “Year of the Seed.”
God lead us to a theme this year that will be challenging & comforting. It will be focusing and framing. It will be something that is a great seed for many applications in our lives. I’m gonna be excited to see what happens this year as we do it together.
Oh, I forgot to tell you because I was going on and on…
It rises out of Hebrews 12:1-3:
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. (NLT)
There are great depths to which we will go this year in learning about keeping our eyes on Jesus…but the thing I’m convinced that he really wants from me…and from you… is simply for us to keep our eyes on Him..
Won’t you let this scripture trickle down over your soul for awhile sometime this week? Just read these verses or read Hebrews chapters 11-12. Take some time to meditate on this passage… and meditate on how we can be keeping our eyes on Jesus!