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Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Hebrews 12:1-2(NASB)
1: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
My mind drifted to the phrase "eyes on the prize." It came to memory from a PBS Civil Rights series of the name a while back, given the black church's influence and leadership of that movement, I wouldn't be surprised if they grabbed the idea from here or 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. However, we're looking at the prize of eternal life, not redemption from discrimination. How do we fix our eyes on Jesus when we can't see Him? The race we're running has an extra spiritual dimension, and it's that direction we need to focus on. It's more the "eyes of our heart" that need to be attuned to God. Prayer, reading God's word and community with other believers are what help do laser surgery on those spiritual eyes, bringing God into focus when he was blurry before. The writer warns us against encumbering ourselves; we shouldn't allow ourselves to be governed by what we own. Travelling light, at least as far as physical possessions dominate our thought, gives us less weight on our backs as we run that race.

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