GIVE US EYES TO SEE
YOU ARE ALL WE NEED
“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.” Hebrews 12:2 (MSG)
What are you looking at?
Have you ever gone to the grocery store when you are really hungry? Everything you see, you want. You end up buying more food than you can eat, and it’s typically all junk food, because that’s what you want when you’re starved.
You bust open that bag of chips before you even get home, and eat way too much. By the time you get home to eat you feel sick, because it wasn’t what you actually needed.
Or have you ever gone to the movies and skipped dinner? When you get there you want popcorn, lollies and maybe even a Slurpee to top it off. Half way through the movie you are so full you could explode!! You’re now extremely thirsty because you had so much sweet and salty foods, that all you can think about is running to a bubbler and drinking all the water it has.
Then shortly after the movie, when you have had something to drink, you realize you start to feel hungry again, and this time popcorn just won’t do.
Just like shopping when you are hungry or going to a movie without dinner, we can spiritually become hungry too. If we fill up on all the ‘junk food’ (things that are conveniently located in our line of sight) we will never be fully satisfied. This is because our bodies don’t’ know what to do with the ‘junk food’; there is nothing in it that actually sustains us to keep going.
If we are looking to fill our spiritual hunger (that constant need for more, the ‘if I had _____, then I’d be happy’) with things that give us no nutrients, we will remain hungry. We will continue searching. But if we fix our eyes on Jesus, He will give us all we need.
Those new kicks, that new album, the newest version of GTA, the new iPhone (why do they keep coming out with new ones?!?!) even things like more facebook friends, a best friend, a boy/girlfriend, more likes on instagram, 1000 re-vines on my new vine video; or even something as small as a new pair of jeans or a carton of ice cream. None of these things will sustain us; none of these things are what we really need.
There is nothing wrong with wanting or even having new/nice things. That’s not the problem at all. The problem comes, when we think that having them will somehow change us, or make us happier/better. The truth is, they wont. Not deep down, where it really matters.
The only thing that will bring us true happiness and fulfillment is Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him, and everything else will fit in the right place.