Fixing Our Focus

As a teenager, I was delighted when my parents gave me what was then considered cutting edge technology in the camera world: a Canon AE-1. Despite its advanced capabilities, however, it could not come close to capturing the quantity, quality or clarity of images that my own eyes could register in a microsecond. Consider these amazing facts:

  • The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors.
  • Your eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour.
  • In a normal life-span, your eyes will bring you almost 24 million images of the world around you.
  • The human eye is not only sensitive to light, but also to sound. Uninvited noise will cause pupils to dilate, change focus and blur vision.

“Uninvited noise” is what Hebrews 12:1 outlines as excess weight, encumbrances, and “parasitic sins” (MSG), “which so deftly and cleverly places itself in an entangling way around us” (Wuest). Uninvited noise is what causes our spiritual eyesight to dilate, change focus and become blurred.

Thankfully, the antidote for such a perilous condition is found in the very next verse:

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed… He could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever…” (MSG)

Jesus never lost sight of where He was headed. Neither should we. Let us not merely study His methods; let us fix our focus on Him. Truly Jesus is the Sight for sore eyes!

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