Day 1 - Read and Mediate on this writing
Recently I had the privilege of going with my grandson to tour Biola University (Bible Institute of Los Angeles). My grandson will attend there this fall. He showed me a mural of Jesus that stands at the center of the campus. It is about three stories high. It is there to remind everyone that Jesus is the center of our lives.
How do we keep Jesus at the center of our lives? Hebrews 12:3 tells “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Also, we learn in Hebrews 12:3 that Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. So as we fix our eyes on Jesus what do we see? The cross comes clearly into view. We see the finished work of our dear Lord and Savior on that cross for us. Hebrews 12:3 goes on to tell us that Jesus endured the cross and the shame of it with joy. Now He is seated at the right hand of God because in obedience to the Father He did what was God’s will for him. Do we consider the cross enough? Are we looking to Jesus every moment of every day? I know that in running the race God has set before me if my eyes are not on Jesus then I will fail. Looking at the cross I am reminded of what Jesus did for me, and the cross becomes the point at which I pivot and turn my eyes on my Savior. I look up at Him and with the world behind me, I run the race set out before me with my eyes firmly on my Savior. (Hebrews 12:1)
Going back to the mural of Jesus at the center of Biola, I will remember how much Jesus must be the center of my life. So I ask you to consider Jesus with me so that our hearts can be encouraged and strengthened to keep running the race that God has set before us.