If Christ as Lord is the center of our lives, the circumference will take care of itself. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus the Author and Perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)
One thing a carpenter learns quickly is how to drive nails. He hammers hundreds of nails a day, and that’s a lot of practice! The most important thing in hammering nails is to keep your eye on the nail, not on the thumb that’s holding the nail. That is because you will always hit what you watch!
If Christ is your “spiritual” nail, what are the thumbs” you keep hitting? “Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us…” (Hebrews 12:1)
The story has been told of a farmer who was trying to teach his son how to plow a straight furrow. After the horse had been hitched up and everything was ready, he told the boy to keep an eye on some object at the other end of the field and aim straight toward it. “Do you see that cow laying down over there?” he asked. “Keep your eye on her and plow straight ahead.”
The boy started plowing and the farmer went about his chores. When he returned a little later to see what progress had been made, he was shocked to find, instead of a straight row, something that looked more like a question mark. The boy had obeyed his instruction. The trouble was, the cow had moved!
Jesus is an object that will not move. He is the foundation of our faith, the faithful Rock who never moves, never changes in His love for believers. We can be sure that if we set our eyes on Him, our path will be straight! “I am the light of the world, the one who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12)
December 9, 2018 Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie