Today’s post comes from the James Robor. James is a minister, author, speaker and has been leading people into a deeper relationship with God since 1993. He reached out to me for a blog post exchange, and I liked what he had to say, thinking many of you would be helped by this. You can see my post on his site, How to Discern the Voice of God.
Fixating on Jesus Positions Us to Hear
…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2
I love how Hebrews 12:2 talks about Jesus as “the author and finisher of our faith.” The NIV version says to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” One definition from Webster’s online dictionary describes the word fixate as “to focus or concentrate one’s gaze or attention intently or obsessively.” When you are fixated on something or someone, it is not easy to get your eyes off of that thing or person! Looking to Jesus is all about focusing on God and getting our eyes off the things of this world. When we do this, we put ourselves in a position to hear from Him.
Seeing the Invisible God?
You may say, “How can I look at God, who is invisible?” Of course, I am not talking about literally looking at God but more about turning your attention, your thoughts, and your plans toward God.
There is a difference between seeing something versus looking at it. Right now I am looking at my computer screen, but I can see the keyboard within my eyesight, just below the screen. I am not looking at the keyboard, but I can see it. It’s not enough to “see” Jesus in our lives; He wants us to look at Him—to think, consider, respond to, interact with, receive from, give account to, and seek direction from Him. Jesus wants to be the very center of our lives that everything else revolves around. God will never be satisfied with being second place in our lives to anything or anyone else. God wants your attention, and it is wise to give it to Him.
Looking Unto Jesus Motivates Us to Seek God
Looking to Jesus with a spiritual hunger is the first step to seeking God. Whatever you are seeking, you will look for first. Furthermore, the longer you look at something you like, the more you will want it. This is an important principle that marketers and salespeople understand. The 30-minute infomercial works because they know the longer you look at their product, the more interested you will become. After looking at it long enough, there is a good chance you will pick up the phone (seek) and buy it. If you want to motivate yourself to seek God, then start with looking at Him.
There is a multitude of scriptures throughout the Bible that encourage us to seek God. Here are just a few that you can study when you have time:
Deuteronomy 4:29, Jeremiah 20:12–14, Matthew 7:7, Hebrews 11:6, Psalm 119:10, Psalm 14:2, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 33:3, Job 23:8–9, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 34:4, Matthew 6:33, and many, many more…
God has repeated time and time again throughout His Word that it is His desire for us to seek Him. I would encourage you to look up those scriptures and do a thorough study of the word “seek” throughout the Bible. From those scriptures, several conclusions can be made:
- God wants to be sought
- He rewards those who seek Him.
- He wants us to seek Him with all of our hearts.
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