First Things First

I sat on a small grassy hill just after sunrise looking over a glistening lake. I sipped my steaming cup of Starbucks coffee and drank in the scene. My Nikon D810 equipped with Nikkor 80-400mm super-telephoto zoom lens was at the ready to capture any wildlife exploring the water habitat on an early morning. And I was rewarded for my efforts. Two spirited Mallard ducks were splashing in the water appearing to have a marvelous time.

I noticed that in between all the splashing the two ducks would stop everything and gaze towards the sun, basking in its light and warmth.

I thought about how this must be our own practice. We must always set our priorities. Get first things first, no matter what our responsibilities, hardships, or challenges in life. We must always look to the light and warmth of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The writer of Hebrews puts it this way —

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT

There are so many benefits gained from fixing our eyes on Jesus, or EOJ (Eyes On Jesus) as I call this practice. But one main benefit, according to this passage of Scripture, is that you won’t become weary and give up. Oh how many times we may have felt like giving up or losing heart. And maybe we did become so disheartened by our shaken world. And then, we turn our eyes to Jesus. We look to the Son, the light of the world, and our perspective changes. We see as we have never seen before. We realize that if He is for us, who can be against us and nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:31-39). We see His strength and endurance and realize He lives in us (Galatians 2:20). We hear His promise that yes, in this world there is tribulation, but we can take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). And then, one of the greatest promises of all. He will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:30). Oh there are countless promises we can take all the way to the spiritual bank when we stop everything and fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

I love these words by Spurgeon about the Lord Jesus —

He is the same in the crash of battle or in the hush of peace. He is the same in famine or in the joy of an abundant harvest. He is Lord. He does according to His will, not only in heaven but among the inhabitants of this lower world. The storm may rage, but all is well, for our Captain is the governor of storms. He who trod the waves of the Galilean lake is at the helm, and at His command winds and waves are quiet (Matt. 14:27).
Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT

Oh yes, dear friend, you can count on Him. So first things first, no matter what! Today, turn your eyes to the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is at work even now on your behalf. Trust in Him with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Oh yes, someday soon, you will see how in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, for those who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Looking To The Son
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  • Description: Two Mallard ducks facing the sun just after sunrise in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 05/21/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikon 80-400mm, FL 400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2000sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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