I am enjoying the warmer weather. My kids have been able to play outside more, and we have been taking walks together as a family. This is the time of year to get the bikes and tricycles out and inflate the tires that have gone flat. Holly and I walk alongside our younger children so that we can assist them as they peddle down the sidewalk. There is one thing that I find myself saying over and over again to my children—“Keep looking straight ahead!” As my children are peddling and steering, they often get distracted by birds, bugs, dogs, people, and cars. And this is what always happens: once the head turns, the bike turns as well. They inevitably go in whatever direction they are looking. So I say: “Look ahead. Keep your eyes on the sidewalk. Don’t get distracted.”
This is an important principle for riding bikes, and driving cars, but it is also extremely important for following Christ. Where is your focus? To what are you looking? Jesus explained eternal life in terms of looking. He told Nichodemus that the people of Israel could only be healed of the serpent bites if they looked up at the bronze serpent that Moses lifted up. In the same way, the Son of Man must be lifted up. And whoever looks to Him in faith will not perish but have eternal life. In Isaiah 45 we read these words, “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God and there is no other.” Your eternal destiny is determined by where you look.
In Micah 7 the prophet laments the wickedness that pervades the society of Israel, but for himself he states with resolve, “I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” You see, we can only look to God with the eyes of faith. Without faith, we can only see what is temporal and physical. The apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:18—“We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Where are you looking? Are you looking to this world for satisfaction and happiness? Are you looking to be fulfilled by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life? Are you laying up treasures on earth were moth and rust corrupts? A true follower Christ must look to the Lord at all times.
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Pastor Kevin Williams and the staff of Tri-City Baptist Church write or re-post articles based on God's Word the Bible. These articles are meant to be applied to daily life and Christian living by God's grace.