Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith . . . so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3)
So much is contained in those few words: “Fix your eyes on Jesus.” It speaks of a conscious effort of the will: don’t just glance at him occasionally. Don’t contemplate a picture of him now and then. Don’t be satisfied if a stray thought of him crosses your mind. No. Fix your eyes on Jesus.
Don’t accept substitutes. It’s not about sermons and songs. It’s not about friends and fellowship. It’s not about revivals and retreats. It’s about Jesus. All churches and events and relationships are empty without him. Any church or event or relationship is full with him. He is what makes the difference.
Don’t forget what he is. He is the Author and Perfecter of your faith. Ultimately, your faith is not up to you. It’s up to him. His greatest joy is for you to be perfect in him. He began a good work in you. Be sure that he will complete it.
When you fix your eyes on him, accepting no substitutes, and remember his purpose in you, for you, through you, and to you – then, I promise you: you will not grow weary or lose heart.