Which do you look at more: Women or Jesus?
Which catches your attention more: A scantily covered woman or the Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control)?
Which does your ear tend to hear more: The seductive voice of sexual sin or the still small voice of the Holy Spirit?
Our current Sexual Endurance Series is guiding us through Hebrews 12:1-2. The goal is to throw off everything that hinders and trips us. Hebrews 12:2 tells us how to do this.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (v. 2)
As long as we keep our eyes and attitudes on Jesus we experience success. As soon as we take them off of him we fail. In Matthew 14 we are told a story about when the disciples were out on the water and Jesus came to them walking on the very water they were floating on in a boat. Peter asked Jesus if he could also walk on the water and Jesus, “Yes, come.”
Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.” (v. 29-30)
Peter took his focus off of Jesus and placed it on the life circumstances around him. As soon as he took his focus off Christ he sank into the water and then asked Jesus to save him. This is like us when we take our eyes off Christ and begin to experience the effects of our wrong choices then we cry out to Jesus to save us.
Let’s learn to keep our eyes on the things of God regardless of what crosses our path, or what temporal appeal something may have.
The second part of Hebrews 14:2 tells us that Jesus is the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. There are three parts to this section: (1) Jesus is the champion (2) He initiates our faith, and (3) He perfects our faith.
- Jesus is the Champion: Jesus showed us how to run the race. He lived with us for 33 years. He never messed up. He lived his life so well that in his death he conquered the grave and provided salvation for us.
- Jesus initiates our faith: The war you have within you proves that Jesus has spoken to your heart and is drawing you unto Himself. If he were not calling you, you would not have the slightest thought of living a life of integrity.
- Jesus perfects our faith: Christ will never give up on us. He will work in us until we cross the finish line. He will work in our hearts to develop and perfect our faith.
Now who loves you more? Who cares about you more? Does the promise sin offers payoff as advertized?
Do you love yourself more than Christ loves you? An addict loves his drug of choice more than anyone or anything else including himself. But even while we are in our sin, Christ loves us.
I encourage you to turn your eyes on Jesus:
- When a wrong thought enters your mind—turn your eyes on Jesus
- When the provocative appearance of a scantly clothed woman catches your eye—turn your eyes to Jesus.
- When the evil desires of your heart wage war against you—turn your eyes on Jesus
- When life is going well—turn your eyes on Jesus