Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 NLT
When we give our lives to Jesus, we die to the flesh and to the things of this world and our real life is hidden in Christ in God. Jesus said His disciples will be known by their fruit. We therefore need to ask ourselves, “what kind of fruit am I bearing?” “Do my fruits centre around Jesus?”
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:17 NLT
I often ponder, oh how dreadful it would be if after all the trials and suffering on this earth, one still suffers for eternity. God forbid! This is why we must focus on the real deal (Jesus) and correct our mistakes before it’s too late.
It’s very certain that staying focused on Jesus could pose several difficulties and appear to be a herculean task. Hence, I have put together a few encouraging tips for feasibility.
- Look at the ‘biggest’ picture
The 4th verse of Colossians 3 says;
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
This already is enough if you ask me. After putting to death the members which are on earth as listed in verses 5 and 8, we get the honour of appearing with Christ in glory. And really what shall it profit you if you gain all that you desire in this world and don’t partake of this honour?
God told Abraham that through him, all the nations of the world will be blessed. Then God promised David that through his family, a king would be born who would rule over God’s people forever. Jesus certainly is a fulfillment of both promises. These two men walked with God and He certainly kept His part of the deal.
Jesus is saying in the book of Matthew;
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:33 NLT
If only we keep to our part of the deal and seek Him first, we will have full assurance of all other things we desire according to His will.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT
Along the journey, you might get discouraged. Nevertheless, patiently endure! Good things don’t come easy. By so doing, you will receive the promise.
In conjunction, Luke 6:22–23 says;
God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man.
Luke 6:21-22 NLT
Child of God, rejoice, for great is your reward in heaven
The word of God is life and light. It gives insight. Studying His word and being in His presence as frequently as possible will lead you to the right path and help fix your eyes on Jesus. More importantly, God is always there to help you. Even when it’s difficult and it looks like it’s no longer possible, pray.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.
Psalms 34:6 NLT
He’s always there for you to help you get through it.
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
Ephesians 6:11 NLT
- Whatever it takes, see Jesus!
And if your hand—even your stronger hand —causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Matthew 5:30 NLT
Is it not better to lose your hand and see Jesus than to have it and burn eternally in the lake of fire? My dear friend, of what use will your hand be at that time? Drop that earthly pleasure that will cost you eternity while you can. His arms are wide open to receive you and forgive your sins, cleansing you from all unrighteousness. You are God’s masterpiece and He wouldn’t want to lose you. Do good to yourself today and quit every carnal action of yours.
ACT TODAY: Do whatever it takes to see Jesus!
PRAY: Lord, help me to look to you and fix my eyes on you without getting distracted even when it seems unbearable, and that I would receive the foretold promises and ultimately be with you in glory
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God bless you. Jesus loves you❤
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