[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-07-21 - Eye Him

Hebrews 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus

Christian phrases come and go. I really don't know much about pop Christian culture but I recently had to visit a Christian bookstore to purchase a Bible for someone that did not have one and wanted one. While there I noticed T-shirts, arm bands, stickers, (you name it), with WWJD on them. I learned that this meant, "What Would Jesus Do". This is a cool phrase and apparently a successful marketing campaign.

I would like to start my own little campaign. It is very similar, but it is mine, Eye Him. (I picture little eyes on hats and shirts) And while this campaign will go no further than this devotional, I still think that fixing our eyes on Christ is something we all need to remember to do.

Asking WWJD is nothing new. I was always taught to ask questions like, "Would Jesus be watching this TV show?", "Would Jesus have responded to that question as I just did?", or "Would Jesus spend His money on this?" This is a mindset we all either need to adopt, re-adopt, or continue to cultivate.

However, I think that Eying Christ as a habit, or as the text says, "fixing our eyes on Jesus" asks these questions instinctively. Keeping our eyes fixed on Christ might mean that we don't even need to ask the question, "Would Jesus be watching this" because, having our eyes fixed upon Christ, we never would have even turned the show on.

Eye Him might not instantly change your life. I am suspect of instant changes anyway, it seems many instant changes often change back just as instantly. But a life habit of fixating on Christ will gradually change both you and I. Eying Christ is simply growing into holiness and conforming more and more to the Captain of our Salvation who is both our example and our leader.

Eye Him because He eyes you.

"Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins, and art born of God, except thou canst prove thy pedigree by daring to be holy." William Gurnall

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim