“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2)
As we run the race of faith even amidst the confusion of life, we run by fixing our eyes and hearts on Jesus. And we fix our eyes upon Jesus by daily rehearsing the gospel. C.J. Mahaney in his The Cross-Centered Life gives us some practical steps on how we can rehearse the gospel, and in doing so, fix our eyes on Jesus.
1. Memorize the gospel. Memorize passages specifically about the gospel. Passages like Philippians 2:5-11, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21. When we memorize these gospel passages, they help us fix our eyes on Jesus and run with faith and endurance.
2. Pray the gospel. Every day, begin with praying the gospel. Begin with gratitude by thanking God for the blessing of being reunited with Him because of the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Thank Him for being with you through all of life’s ups and downs. And then ask Him to graciously give you the strength and the desire to daily deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow after Jesus.
3. Sing the gospel. Make singing a cross-centered song a regular part of your day. Get some worship CDs or download songs that have great cross-centered messages. Search carefully because many songs tend to make much of us and not much of Christ. Many of the songs that we sing at Northshore have been “theologically vetted” to make much of Christ and the cross… songs like “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “In Christ Alone,” “Here is Love,” and “Sing to Jesus.”
4. Review how the gospel has changed you. While we should never be held captive to our past, we should look back at our past to see our present transformation because of the grace of Jesus Christ and His glorious cross. Write out your testimony… spell out the heart of the gospel… the blood of Christ, shed personally for your sins. Explain how God saved you and changed you.
5. Study the Gospel. Study intently the passages that focus on the gospel. Read the entirety of the Bible with your eyes focused on the gospel… it’s been said that every passage of Scripture, OT and NT, either predicts, prepares for, reflects, or results from the work of Christ. So study the gospel.
It is as we fix our eyes upon Jesus, rehearsing the gospel daily, that we run the race with endurance, perseverance, and faith.
How do you keep your eyes, heart, and life fixed on Jesus as you run the race of faith?