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Fix My Eyes (a New Year’s Revelation)

The Scripture

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, 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.

~Hebrews 12:1-2

The Story

Last week, my family and I drove to Oklahoma to see a new addition to the family; it was a seven hour drive. On the drive, I started thinking about a situation in which a dear brother finds himself. It is not an easy situation. I found in my conversation with the Lord, that I would have a difficult time, in and of myself, to do the things which I, and other brothers, have encouraged “Sven*” to do.

He is going through some serious hurt and bitterness, and he has been encouraged to lay it all down. You know, to give it up to Jesus. It is the easiest thing to say, but the most difficult thing to do. The answer is Jesus, but how do you help someone to see Him? It isn’t easy.

In pondering these thoughts, I realized that I would have a hell of time letting these feelings go myself. So, I told the Lord as much. I said, “I don’t know if I could be the one to lay all these things down. I don’t know if I could deny myself in this situation. It would be too hard, Lord.”

He gently said, “You don’t have to be that one. I have already laid it all down. I have already denied myself for my Father. You just be the one to choose Me.”

“Be the one to choose Me.”

That pierced my heart and echoed in my spirit for hours.

“Be the one to choose Me.”

That’s a different perspective, huh? Instead of focusing on all my stuff, He just asks that I focus on Him. In choosing Him, I lay down my hurt. In choosing Him, I lay down my bitterness. In choosing Him, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us. In choosing Him, I run with endurance the race set before me. In choosing Him, I fix my eyes on Jesus.

Something I’m learning more and more is that the Lord never says, “Now fix your eyes on your problems.” Or, “Fix your eyes on the other people around you.” Or, “Fix your eyes on your circumstances.” No, He says, “Fix your eyes on Me.”

Have you read any of the Abide in Christ Project from May of last year? If not, please check it out. There are a lot of great practical tips and helps on fixing our eyes on, or choosing, Christ. Oh, and it’s not just from us. The other readers contributed as well, and it’s wonderful.

So, back to the car ride to Oklahoma. Can I simply be the one to choose Christ? That prospect seemed so less daunting than laying down all that pain and sorrow. I know that I may be making this sound like a quick and easy conversation with the Lord, but it was actually the culmination of weeks of wrestling. It was, finally, in that moment, that I could say, “Yes, Lord. I’ll be the one to choose You.”

I kid you not, dear saints, no sooner had I said those words in my heart that the above song came on the radio. It is certainly a spiritual song by a Christian band, but we heard it on SiriusXM pop radio! It was totally the Lord, and I started to cry while driving to Oklahoma. I hid all but my sniffles. The Lord is so unbelievably loving, patient, and gracious.

The Song

The video has the lyrics in it, too, but I wanted to post them here for you. Saints, in this new year, be the one to choose Christ. Whatever the situation. All you have to do is be the one to choose Him. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.

“Fix My Eyes” by for KING and COUNTRY

Hit rewind, click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of the heartbreak
Here’s what I’d do differently, I’d

(Chorus)
Love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
On You

I learned the lines and talked the talk
(Everybody knows it, everybody knows it)
But the road less traveled is hard to walk
(Everybody knows it, everybody knows)
It takes a soldier
Who knows his orders
To walk the walk I’m supposed to walk, and

(Chorus)

The things of earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on You, on You
I’m fixing my eyes on You, on You
I’m fixing my eyes

(Chorus)

I’ll fix my eyes on You, on You
I’ll fix my eyes on You, on You

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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    Donna
    January 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    This is great RC! And timel here in many ways. What a precious instruction to “be the one to choose Jesus” in every horrible and ‘too hard’ situation. The Lord has been exhorting us over here in the language of us being soldiers so the words to that song are particularly in the Spirit for us. God is great!thank you brother 🙂

    1. Reply
      R.C. Babione
      January 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Wow, that’s cool to hear! Thanks for sharing that, sister. And thanks for sticking with the Lord through all your changes and circumstances – very encouraging! 🙂

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