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November 2, 2022


Be Rooted

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)

Because of technology and the fast-paced society we live in, our attention spans grow shorter and shorter. It is increasingly hard for us to focus on one thing at a time for an extended period of time. I can’t even watch TV without having a book in my hand (Yes, I can focus on both things at once.).

The author of Hebrews encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus in the verse above. But, what does that mean? The word for “fix” means “to keep thinking about, without having one’s attention distracted.” The word is used in the chapter before when the author of Hebrews referred to Moses saying in Hebrews 12:26-27, “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” Moses lived thousands of years before Jesus, but he had hope that God would fulfill His promise to send a redeemer. He fixed his eyes on that hope and that kept him rooted.

Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” To fix our eyes on Jesus is to be rooted in Christ. To be rooted in Christ is to be connected to Christ. We need to cultivate our relationship with Christ through prayer, reading His word, and being part of fellowship found in the Body of Christ. When we get distracted, we will be like Peter who was walking on water and fell in when he took his eyes off of Jesus. But, when that happens, Jesus will always be there to grab us and help us back up.

Question: Do you fix your eyes on Jesus or do you get distracted?

Challenge: Read Hebrews 12:2 and memorize it.

Prayer: Lord, help me fix my eyes on you.

Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League



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