Day 18 Devo - Fixed on Jesus

Fix your thoughts on Jesus...           (Hebrews 3:1b)

One of our most important principles for success in all areas of your Christian walk is to always keep your focus on Jesus Christ.  There's a multitude of things in this world that constantly seek to distract us and get us discouraged.  The only way to stay strong and encouraged in this negative world is to fix your focus on Jesus.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.                            (Hebrews 12: 2-3)

Jesus is both the Author and Perfector of our faith. He began the work, and He'ill finish it ! He'is also responsible for every step along the way. We began by looking to Him alone for our salvation. We now look to Him everyday to bring us on our way, and to continue the process of perfecting us. We look to Him hoping for the completion of His work in us, when we're  made perfect to be with Him forever.

Point to Ponder:

As you fix your eyes on Jesus, consider the sufferings that He endured.  It was for the joy set before Him that He gladly embraced His horrible ordeal of shame, suffering and death.   The joy set before Him was YOU!!  Jesus' whole desire was to love and care for you forever, and for this joy Jesus was willing to endure any amount of pain and sorrow.  You mean that much to Him!!  When life leaves you weary and discouraged, look to the joy Jesus had in His suffering for you, and realize what your love was worth.