Keeping Your Eye On The Goal

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus…”
Hebrews 12:2

“But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating
for doing wrong and endure it?
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it,
this is commendable before God.”
1 Peter 2:20 (NIV)

“For one step forward, I seem to take two steps back.” The quote is from an email I received some time ago. The writer, a devoted Christian, is paying for the mistakes of others and wonders why. As far as I am concerned it is a very reasonable issue my friend spoke about in the email.

So often life is unfair and innocent people pay the price for the mistakes and sins of others. But does the notion of paying for the sins of others not cause us to think of our Lord Who died the just for the unjust (1 Peter 3:18)?

Only our Lord’s suffering was redemptive. By enduring the cross our Lord paid for the sins of His people. However, for us it is acceptable to the Lord that we suffer for the wrong actions of others with as much grace as possible. In quietly enduring others’ actions against us we imitate the Saviour. Matthew 10:25 tells us,

“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master,
and the servant as his lord.”

Can you endure the problems you face today? Look long and hard at the Lord Jesus and use the Gospels to do it especially the last long portion that deals with His final days leading up to and including His trials and cross.

The more you look at the Good Shepherd the less your problems will upset you.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Helen Howarth Lemmel

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