In these verses, Paul instructs us to fix our eyes on Jesus as we run the Christian race. As I have been meditating on what it means to fix my eyes on Jesus, I started to think about the blinders that horses sometimes wear. Why do horses wear blinders, and how does this apply to Paul’s instruction for us?
Just like horses, we, too, need to tune out the distractions around us. Social media, world events, a pastime or hobby, relationships, entertainment, or even sin all threaten to hinder and entangle us.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus, we can be more in tune to the voice and signals of our Jockey, the Holy Spirit. John 16 tells us that the role of the Holy Spirit is to keep us from stumbling (v.1), to convict us concerning sin and righteousness (v. 8), and to guide us into all truth (v. 13).
The Christian life is often described in the Bible as a “path” or a “way” which we must follow. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, who is our ultimate example, helps us to stay on God’s path.
Likewise, fixing our eyes on Jesus brings us peace. We do not have to be gripped by fear or shaken by our circumstances; but instead, we can rest in knowing that He is in control and He will walk alongside us.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus is not instinctual for us, but with deliberate attention and perseverance, we can learn to put our blinders on and focus only on Him.
Pray for your unsaved friends, family, and coworkers, who have not yet trusted Jesus as their Savior. Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to share Jesus with them and share how fixing your eyes on Jesus helps you weather life’s challenges.
Women's Ministry Leader