“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.”
When you run a race, the only thing you can think about is crossing the finish line. You run with hope, knowing that each step you take is getting you closer to your goal. We should act the same way in our walk with Christ. Focusing ourselves, not on the world around us, but on Jesus and the place He is preparing for us. This world is filled with evil, and every second of every day Satan is trying lure Christians into the pleasures of the world. The only way we can keep ourselves from falling into these traps is by keeping our eyes on the only One who can defeat Satan: Jesus.
Take a look at Matthew 14:28-30: “And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to you on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Notice in this verse that when Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus, he was able to do something miraculous, but the moment he took his eyes off Him and began looking around, he started to sink. This is the same with us. When we set our eyes on Christ, the “pleasures” of the world don’t look like anything compared to His glory. But, when we allow ourselves to look at the things of the world, our gaze begins to leave Christ, making it easy for Satan to tempt us.
Whenever you feel tempted to look away from Christ to the world, remember that the things of the world will one day perish away, but Jesus Christ and His kingdom will endure forever. Keep your eyes on Christ, and one day you will hear Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” That is far better than anything this world has to offer.