I have one and only one new year’s resolution for 2020. It’s the same resolution I’ve had for the past 8 years, ever since I came into a revelation of the person of Jesus as the person of grace! My one and only new year’s resolution in 2020 is to keep my eyes on Him – to keep my eyes on Jesus!
You may have a list of goals for 2020 and if you do, that’s ok. My goal in my writing is never to try to force you to think like me. I simply like to tell my grace journey story as it continues to unfold and encourage you that as a Believer in Jesus, you are led and guided by the Holy Spirit for your own life.
All I know is, near the end of 2019 when I was thinking and praying about any new year’s resolutions I might have for 2020 my very next thought was, I think I’ll keep doing what’s actually been working for me for the past 8 years. I’m gonna keep this year’s resolution the same as it has been – to keep my eyes on You, Jesus! It’s been working beautifully for me. Why change strategies now?”
Why start trying to fix myself when the Holy Spirit has been leading me and guiding me and renewing my mind so beautifully by helping me embrace my true identity in Christ effortlessly under grace?
At this point, especially after 8 years of living under the new covenant, I just look at effectiveness and success in a whole new way. I guess it’s because I’ve never had a more productive 8 years in my existence; yet, from such a place of rest!
Here’s an example: For so many decades my goal was to get free from my terrible temper. I really tried hard to accomplish that goal, but I never did get free until I began to look to Jesus.
Check out these verses!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, 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. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. – Hebrews 12:1-2a (NLT)
Did you see that?! How do we strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up? We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus!
Let’s look at the first part of verse 2 in a few other translations:
The New American Standard Bible says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”
The Passion Translation says, “We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.”
If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is! Do you see how it all starts with Jesus and it all ends with Jesus – He’s the Alpha and the Omega!
Does that mean I won’t be lifting a finger to do anything in 2020? No, of course not. What will happen is I will do exactly what I’m suppose to do as I stay focused on my Jesus because this laser focus will produce rest in my life and cause me to have amazing clarity to hear from and be led and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Now let’s skip down to verse 3:
“For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (NASB)
I just love those three words. “For consider Him.” Consider Jesus!
Friends, I can tell you for sure that I personally began to experience so much more breakthrough in my life when I made the shift from considering Sandra McCollom to considering Jesus. One breakthrough after another after another after another. The reason my one and only new year’s resolution for 2020 is to keep my eyes on Jesus is because I have found that as we behold Jesus we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Or using the synonyms for the word behold we could say it this way:
As we catch Jesus being good to us
As we consider the truth that we are sons and daughters of God because of Jesus
As we contemplate what Jesus has accomplished for us through His death, burial and resurrection
As we purposely notice every little way Jesus shows His love for us
As we consider Jesus, as we consider Jesus, as we consider Jesus, here’s what the Bible says will happen:
2 Corinthians 3:18 says,
We can all draw close to Him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into His very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (TPT)
You know, it was my goal to have this blog post finished and published by January 1st, but I now believe it was God’s will for it to get published right when it did – 13 days into the new year instead – because I guarantee you, there are lots of people that will read this who are already feeling like failures not even two weeks into the new year because they made a list of resolutions and haven’t been able to keep one of them. How do I know? Because that person used to be me.
So I believe, whether you have made a list and succeeded so far, made a list and failed miserably (by the way, you are never a failure in Christ) or if you haven’t made a list at all; God is going to show you how the truth you’ve just read in this blog post about the importance of keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus can be applied in your life in very specific ways!
Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to see what God does in and through us in 2020, friends! My oh my, will we will have stories to tell come December!
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!
I’ll be at GracePointe Church in Lakewood, Ohio
My first speaking engagement of 2020 will be in Lakewood, Ohio at GracePointe Church and I’m privileged to be speaking alongside my good friend, Nichole Marbach!! This is a FREE event and registration is open so save your seat! You can either use this link http://gracepointelakewood.com/events-2/ or call GracePointe Church after 10 am (EST) at 216-221-1245. We can’t wait to see you.