Keep Your Eyes On One Person: Jesus!
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Scripture Reading: Psalm 105: 17- 19 (NKJV)
9th April - 15th April, 2018
He sent a man before them — Joseph — who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his Word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.
Today, we see that in the journey of Joseph’s life, everything he experienced, including his negative experiences, were all set up to work in his favour (Romans 8: 28).
Nothing going on in our lives is a surprise to God. The Scripture shows us that God made us custom-built to fulfil divine purpose and exercise godly influence. In fact, God had ordained every single one of our days, long before we experienced any one of them (Psalm139: 16). This is why it is important to keep our eyes on the Lord in every circumstance (Colossians3: 2, Psalm 90: 12).
Living with the consciousness of God’s loving pan for our lives, fills us with confidence that we will fulfil our God-ordained destinies. The journey of life often requires gruelling repetition and difficult interactions that can wear a person out. However, when we keep our eyes on Jesus and depend on His strength, we are empowered to carry on and to make progress despite our challenges.
In the journey of destiny, we encounter four kinds of people:
1. Coaches: These people stir you up to fulfil your purpose even at the expense of your comfort; such as parents, teachers, pastors, and specific mentors. They see the treasure in you, and challenge you to express it (2 Corinthians 4: 7).
2. Friends: They motivate and inspire one towards destiny. They do not tear down your dreams, but they will challenge you to be your best. Friends show you your blind spots, and are not afraid to tell you the truth (Proverbs 27: 6).
3. Fans: They cheer you on, but they are a two-edged sword. They will back away once they have nothing to gain from you. Potiphar was a fan of Joseph; he was only interested in Joseph because his affairs prospered in Joseph’s care (Genesis 39: 3-5).
4. Critics: They can be mean, but the pressure they put on you actually leads you to destiny fulfilment. Joseph's brothers were staunch critics, but they pushed him towards his destiny (Genesis 37: 8 and Psalm 23: 5).
Our experiences with the people in these categories may not always be pleasant, but they each play important roles in our lives. For instance, coaches use positive encouragement, while critics use negative energy... but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, the goal is the same: we will grow stronger! In fact, the presence of critics should encourage you, because it means they are paying attention to what you do!
Joseph maintained his focus on the Lord, and this was why he knew that God was with him despite the harmful actions of his brothers (Genesis 50: 20). In the journey of life and destiny, when people cause us offense, hurt and pain, we don’t need to react in frustration; instead, we must keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12: 1-3), so that we can rise above the storm (Matthew 14: 29- 31).
Keeping our eyes on Jesus gives us the energy, faith, joy, and perseverance to function… and to prosper!
For further study:
Hebrews 12:1- 3, Psalm 139:16
Colossians 3:2, Psalm 90:12
2 Corinthians 4: 7, Psalm 23:5
Genesis 50: 20
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me with an everlasting love, and for drawing me close to You with Your loving kindness. I thank You that I can depend on Your grace and favour even when I encounter people who try to make life difficult. I ask that You help me to see life through Your eyes, to fix my eyes on Jesus, and to remain confident of Your love and power that are at work on my behalf. I receive Your grace and Your help, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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