Look Away

Sunday morning sermon. Text was found in Hebrews. And in a stray moment my eyes wandered to chapter 12 and verse 2. Two words caught my eye and I knew I’d be here writing to us before the day was out.

First, the two words: looking away

Now the passage is familiar to me so I knew what was coming and words started streaming. 

Looking away. What do I need to look away from?

I pretty much know the answer to that. I can give you a list. I probably have given you a list in all these years that we have been meeting at this screen. 

This I would suggest: I mostly need to look away from ME!

I must become less self-aware so I can be more HIM aware!

The Him who is the Initiator and Completer of . . . trusting

The Initiator of trusting! That was not ME! This life of trusting faith did not begin with me so how in the world would I think it could continue focused on me. Well, I really don’t think that, but I act like that sometime. 

So He, Yeshua. Also known as JESUS in this Western World. He is the One who started me on this faith walk and He is the One who will complete it! It was good reading it again this morning. It’s good reading every time I read it. 

So what’s the rest of it?

Hebrews 12:2 (CJB)

looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua — who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

And since He is seated there, I have the privilege and the responsibility to look away from myself here to HIM there! And in Him I will find every good thing needed to finish this earthly journey well; and as we said in Sunday School this morning, be ushered into the Throne Room of Heaven someday to SEE HIM face to face! Oh what a day that will be!! 
Sleep On It!

 

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