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Apr17ThuApril 17, 2014
Usually when we use the words fixated or fixation they are used in a negative way. These words can be tied together with other words like preoccupied, obsessive and neurotic. But really in this case those words are good. When it comes to Jesus, we are to fix our eyes on him exclusively and obsessively and we are attached to him only in a neurotic way. When we do that we become fixed and stable. These last few sentences were part of a definition but if you think about it, having this kind of devotion to Jesus leads to being called a Jesus freak. Usually someone calls you this because you love Jesus more than they do. What a great problem to have and by the way you can’t love him too much. Like Peter, it is great to get out of the boat in faith but to walk on water your eyes need to be fixed on Jesus or else you sink. (Matthew 14) As Peter began to sink Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him. He said to Peter, “You of little faith,” “why did you doubt?” We need to be a people of great faith.
Psalm 141:8 “my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.” Proverbs 4:25 “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 “16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
As we approach this Good Friday we remember what Jesus has done for us and we give him praise by (Hebrews 12:2) “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This is the way to have an abundant life. It is the only way to walk on water. It is also the only addiction you should have. If you have this addiction to Jesus you will have no others before you. We need to be a people who are fixated on Jesus.