Jesus wants us to keep our eyes on Him.
Why is this so important?
You are whatever you're looking at. Whatever you focus on most is what you become. If you keep your eye on your teacher- accept and be molded in His ways- your conduct and your behavior will become like Him.
What was Jesus doing? His Father's business. What was His Father's business? Attending to the needs of people, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, loving the unloved.
(You know... I had to update this because I just excited reading these words I wrote about Jesus. Isn't it so cool that our God is not some deity out there who is non-responsive and uncaring and unknowable? Most people believe their gods are, by the way! Isn't it incredible that the true God ...who was all God and all man... came to Earth, got his hands dirty (and in an age of no sanitation lived with no modern conveniences- ever thought about that? ) and took our place??? So many want a slot machine for a god or an 'infinite meddler'...but our God got dirt and blood on His hands, died a horrific death, hung and twisted on a cross...for us... Wow, let it soak in.... Let it refresh... He Loves YOU)
John 1: 36-38:
36 And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus (this was actually the beginning of them becoming disciples.)
38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What Seek Ye?
Or, by Bruce's modern vernacular- What Are YOU Lookin' At???
If those disciples would have turned away and not sought the Savior, that's all they would have experienced.... but we know that they experienced much more and God used them, all of them, in mighty ways- despite the fact that they didn't always get along, they didn't always agree.
V. 51 And He saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man...
Keep your eyes on Jesus...LOOKING at Him... will open up Heaven and you'll see Heaven's ways of doing things.
Judas wasn't looking at Jesus when he took thirty pieces of silver, right? No.
In the Old Testament, God told Joshua to "meditate on my Word day and night and you'll "see" how to do all that's written therein."
As Joshua headed into battle... (now get this because it goes directly to the whole fear (world projected)/ faith (God given) fight that we are all in).....
God's word said, " Be strong and very courageous."
FEAR said," The land is filled with GIANTS and you're a dead duck, buddy! You're going to fail God and all of Israel."
Joshua stayed with the Word (and WHO is the WORD?) and he became what it told him he was in the faith of God.
When you are focus on Jesus, what does that all include?
Jesus is LIFE.
He is the author and finisher, or developer, of our FAITH
He is High Priest, LOVE, LORD OF ALL.
The BLESSING of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
He is EVERYTHING. Put Him First.
We must see the issues all around us (Jesus did). We must understand there are those hurting who God has allowed to cross our paths...
But, be encouraged....
Man, whatever plans God has for me... I'm ready! They're gonna be good!
He promised, didn't he?
Didn't He tell us He'd turn it for our good???
Don't we know that whatever, whenever we expire...to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord???
What do I do in the meantime? My Father's business!
It is in this MOST DANGEROUS TIME... that God PUT YOU HERE.
YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES....
BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT JESUS.
What are YOU Lookin' At?????
You're special! (God said so!)