I have lived through many challenges over the course of my life. Many of them are from my own decisions and others through circumstances and struggles that come through the result of others. It’s a mix bag as it is for all of us. Many of these challenges resulted in my own wounds and sins, some that festered for years and years, although I became good at hiding behind my false self. Jesus did something in me though. He brought me to the end of myself. He brought me to the end of my self-reliance and self-righteousness. I realized that no matter what I struggle with and what may come in the future, I can stay present in the presence of Jesus Christ and in his holiness and righteousness. I can now thankfully say that I am dead to myself, to sin, to my flesh, and to the enemy.
Now with that said, we know very well there will be continued strife in this life. Continued trouble. Continued bouts with evil, with the flesh, and this world. There’s a realization I’ve learned and now feel it whenever these things encounter me again, I can stay remained fixed on Jesus and bring all His works over my life. His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. His life is the example we have of how to live a life fully fixed on God and for His glory and His glory alone. His death on the cross is the atonement for all of our sin as He willingly shed His blood for us to bring us forgiveness for our wins. His resurrection brings us to a new life as Jesus conquered death being raised to a new life and now we are alive to God through Him. His ascension to the Father’s right hand gave Jesus full authority over the heavens and earth and Satan has been cast down so we now can live in the authority of Jesus Christ.
Think about all of those elements. It is simply amazing and powerful. Because of all His works, we can now live free from the struggles of this world. By this I mean, we can now live a life that is fixed on Jesus above all and we can bring Him and all His work over our lives. So through all the struggles of this world, we can keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and we can live free. He is the one and only answer for all that we face in this life. As the song says, in Christ alone, my hope is found.
Augustine stated that, “Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without Grace.” This is powerful. We are alive through God’s undeserved Grace. Paul said in Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” It has been revealed through Jesus and all His works. Without Jesus, we are nothing in this life. What would the point of anything if we did not have faith of the hope of the grace and love that is anchored in Christ alone. So many people try to figure out there life and their circumstances on their own and are lost to the hope of in Jesus Christ. It can’t be done. Maybe temporary, but in the end, without being fixed on Jesus you will eventually fall right back.
Keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus through everything we encounter now is the only hope I have left in this life and let me tell you; it’s all I need. Having a God that is willing to walk with me through all of my pains and struggles of this fallen life gives me so much joy and hope. I know the inheritance that awaits in Jesus and I pray I can cross into eternity be able to hear “well done faithful servant.” So thankful to have been called into service for the Kingdom and with my heart and eyes on Jesus I am ready to take it on.
I know what it is like to not live my life with eyes on Jesus. It’s empty. I have lived there in this life and I never want to go back there again. Jesus has brought me to life and I can live my life through Him now with the armor and strength to take on the evil of this world and whatever the enemy will try to through my way.
So look to Jesus in your life and through all that you struggle with. When you learn to let go of yourself and live for Him, it is a game changer. Choose to be a game changer. Choose to be different than whatever anyone in this world tells you. He is all that matters. All eyes on Jesus.
“Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose from the grave today, and is coming back tomorrow.” – Theodore Epp