Hebrews 12:1, 2 - Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1, 2 (NLT) 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. Because of the joy 
awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its 
shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor 
beside Gods throne.  


The Christian life involves hard work. It 
requires us to give up whatever endangers our 
relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle 
against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To 
live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. 
We will stumble if we look away from him to 
stare at ourselves or at the circumstances 
surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not 
ourselves, and we must always keep him in sight. [Life 
Application SB] 


   My son, Will, recently graduated from 
high school. It was a glorious day. Pomp and 
Circumstance played through the loudspeakers. The 
graduates filed past us, two by two. Our family 
cheered for Will as he walked by. But he didnt 
acknowledge us. He stared straight ahead, his eyes fixed 
on the stage.  
   Wills senior year has been full of ups 
and downs. Senior retreat. Sickness. Makeup 
work. Finals. Senior trip. It had all led to this 
moment. The journey to graduation wasnt what he 
expected, but Will had done what he set out to do. We 
cheered when he received his diploma. I cried a 
   Like Wills last year of high school, 
my journey on this earth has been unexpected, 
full of ups and downs, but Jesus shows me how to 
make the best of it and get through. Just as Will 
had his eyes fixed on graduation, I fix my eyes 
on Jesus as I persevere. As I shake off 
hindrances, He teaches me how to overcome trials and sin 
that test me. Jesus is cheering me on as I pass 
each milestone. I look forward to the day I will 
graduate into His loving arms. Susanna Foth Aughtmon 
   Faith Step: Meditate on Hebrews 12:1"2. 
Ponder the great grace and hope that Jesus offers 
you as you journey toward your heavenly 
commencement. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom 
our faith depends from beginning to end 
Hebrews 12:2 (GNT) 
   The small hallway at the school where I 
taught was congested during the five-minute 
transition between class periods, so I waited for it to 
empty before heading to the office. I opened the 
door and sighed. The hallway was now clear of 
students but littered with trash. I gathered what I 
could and was about to throw it away, when a small 
scrap of paper caught my attention. It was a note, 
printed neatly on floral stationery, that read, 
"Fixing your eyes on Jesus will help you stop trying 
to fix everything yourself. Love, Mom." 
   I smiled and wondered which of my 
students had dropped that sweet message of 
encouragement. What challenging circumstances was the 
teenager facing, and why was he or she trying to fix 
them all alone? Who was the loving mother behind 
the beautiful penmanship, and how did she know 
that her child needed this reminder? I slipped 
the note into my pocket and hoped to find the 
   As the day wore on, however, I found 
myself rereading the words every time I saw the 
open note on my desk. What challenging 
circumstances was I facing, I wondered, and why was I 
trying to fix them all on my own? More importantly, 
how did Jesus know that I needed this reminder 
too? By the end of the day, my eyes were no 
longer fixed on the note or on my problems. They 
were fixed on Jesus. Emily E. Ryan 
   Faith Step: Think about a problem you are 
trying to fix yourself and fill in the blank as a 
prayerful reminder; Fixing my eyes on Jesus will help 
me stop trying to fix _______ myself. [Mornings 
With Jesus 2023 Devotional by Guideposts and 


Hebrews 12:1, 2 - Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus.


Hebrews 12:1-3 - THE RACE OF FAITH - RUNNING 


Hebrews 12:3 - So keep your mind on Jesus 
Then you won't get discouraged and give up.