“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29
A few weeks ago, my good friend Shevi (Lead Pastor of 3rd Avenue Church in Danville, Virginia) sent me a book called “Look and Live” by Matt Papa. If I remember correctly, his words to me were something along the lines of “this book is a game changer.” He was right. I began reading the book yesterday and by page 14, God was already doing a work in me.
In one particular paragraph, Matt mentioned (paraphrase mine) the awe and wonder that children have when they see something that fascinates them. That stuck with me because two of my children are under the age of 2. On Christmas morning, Maddie (my almost 2-year old) started opening presents and each present opened was followed by the cutest and most exciting squeal you could ever imagine. It was a simple gaze at a gift that brought her such joy.
I am convinced that an “unflinching gaze at the glory of Christ” would help us bring more joy to our own lives. In other words, what if we stopped spending so much time looking at what’s wrong in the world and simply gazed at the glory of God? Would we be more content in life? Would our battles against fleshly things begin to diminish? Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…”
When our focus is on Jesus, everything changes. Jesus said himself that he has come to give life and life to the full (John 10:10). Why settle for anything less? Let’s learn to look and live.