THOUGHTS FOR YOUR DAY.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Notice the comma at the end of verse 1.
These two verses are conveying a complete thought.
Laying aside every weight, and the sin that easily trips us up is connected to “looking” unto Jesus.
This word "looking" in the Greek is;
g0872. ἀφοράω aphoraō; from 575 and 3708; to consider attentively: — look.
It has within its meaning “to look away from and look unto”.
Perhaps you’ve heard the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. One of the phrases in the song helps illustrate this word, the phrase is “look full in His wonderful face”. Let your gaze be filled with Him.
Another song comes to mind that helps the illustration, and that is, “ I only have eyes for you”.
Keeping our attention, our focus on Jesus, on Christ-likeness, is our prize.
With our eyes on Jesus, the “things of earth do grow strangely dim”. With our affections set on “things above” it’s much easier to lay aside the distractions.
Remember as long as Peter was looking at Jesus he was participating in a miracle. You don’t have to sweat the potholes when you are focused on Him and moving on His Word. He will safely guide you home.
He’s calling....Draw near