Friday, November 20, 2009

Eyeing the Cross

“And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.” (Mark 15:39, KJV)

I was talking with a believer recently who is losing her eyesight. She is completely blind in her right eye and nearly blind in her left eye. This saint of God volunteers her time, effort, and energy to help other people in need. As we talked, she shared with me that in worship services at her church, she can no longer read the words on the large screens and can only make out the image of the pastor as he preachers the Word of God. She said that since she can no longer focus on the pastor’s face while he is preaching, she focuses on the large cross behind him. This dear saint of God is staying focused on the Cross as age and the deterioration of the body strips away her sight.

I am reminded that as we face the struggles of life’s losses, whatever they might be, we must take our eyes off of man and keep them firmly focused on the One who is no longer on the Cross. Life presents many struggles as every adult over forty and many under forty can tell you. We have many losses designed and orchestrated by God to help us realize that life is temporary. God wants us to understand that Heaven and earth will pass away, but those who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and maintain a personal relationship with Him will life forevermore.

Therefore, face life’s losses with the assurance that Jesus is the Son of God. Stay focused on the Cross and the One who died for you and me, and seek growth in your personal relationship with Him.

Prayer: Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you and not be sidetracked by worldliness. Help me to grow in my personal relationship with you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i know this dear saint and she really does "eye the cross."