The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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Church of Christ

02/09/2008

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Looking To Jesus


"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Heb. 12:2).

It is interesting to watch the start of a cross country race. The runners are poised as the anticipation of the start of the race nears. They are off quickly at the gun because they have blocked out everything else but that awaited sound. They are in the race to win.

If they are to win the race, they must know the course thay are running, staying focused on the direction of their goal. In an NFL game in 1964 against the 49ers, the Vikings Jim Marshall, a defensive end, picked up a fumble and headed toward the goal line. The only problem was that he ran toward the WRONG GOAL LINE. Instead of scoring a touchdown for his team, he scored a 2 point safety for the 49ers.

Our goal is Jesus Christ, "The Author and Perfecter of our faith." Our eyes are to be "fixed" (centered) on Him. It is not enough to just look up; we must look unto Jesus. It is not a faith in our own faith we need, but faith in Jesus.

The Lord knows the course much better than we do. He also knows the obstacles along the way. He, and only He, has the power to keep us on course. To keep us from those things that would impede our way. We may sometimes be detoured from the right way because of obstacles, hindrances, circumstances, environment, or problems. We must keep our eyes focused on the goal, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is with us at the beginning, middle, and end of our race. He accompanies us each step of our way, strengthening and encouraging us.

I had the privilege of hearing the great American distance runner Billy Mills speak. Mills, a full-blloded native American, won the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He was a relative unknown, and was not even mentioned in the same breath as the favored runners. Around the final turn he passed the world record holder Ron Clarke of Australia. He ran 50 seconds faster than he had ever run, and set an Olympic record. He is the last American runner to win the 10, 000 meter race. he said as he rounded the last turn and sprinted toward the finnish line, that he focused all his attention on an American Flag in the grandstand in front of him, and it gave him strength and directon.

Where are our eyes focused today? Ourself? Our obstacles? The race course? The secret of crossing the finishing victoriously is "to fix our eyes on Jesus."

Have a great weekend, and a wonderful worship experience tomorrow....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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