As I walked where Jesus walked, and took each step down the ‘Via Dolorosa’, or
‘The Way of Suffering’, I was distracted from all sides!
On one side of me were several religious groups trying to focus on each station of the cross as they literally picked up a cross and carried it as they walked. On the other side of me were Vendors and Store Merchants crying out to come shop in their shop to get the best deal. They hung items for sale in every brilliant color and gems dangled and glistened in the light. I struggled as I tried to keep my focus on Jesus, stepping where He stepped, praying as He must have prayed for the Father to be with Him, but the distractions were GREAT!
That scarf over there would be perfect to take home to my mom and sisters! I have always wanted a carved nativity from Jerusalem! A cross necklace would be a great reminder of my trip to Israel! And then there were those shirts! So many of them and each one beckoned to be read and snickered at! They even caught my husbands attention and tickled his funny bone!
Everything around me was doing it’s best to distract and entice me away from my FOCUS!
I was struggling to stay the course, walk where He walked and speak to Him silently in thankfulness and gratitude for His sacrifice for me.
Week Two-Jesus maintains His focus
My heart was pierced with the truth that JESUS MAINTAINED HIS FOCUS! Through the cruel treatment, the ridicule, the pain, the torture, HE STAYED THE COURSE OF THE CROSS.
Do I? Have I stuck to my commitment for Lent? Or have I allowed the distractions and enticements that surround me on a daily basis to take my eyes off Jesus?
Jesus maintained His focus and went to the cross out of His love for me. Iwant to keep my focus on Him during this Lenten season and there is only one way to do that! I must fix my eyes on Jesus!
“FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE PIONEER AND PERFECTER OF FAITH. FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM HE ENDURED THE CROSS, SCORNING ITS SHAME, AND SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD.” HEBREWS 12:2
WE MUST FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS TO MAINTAIN OUR FOCUS!
Maintaining our focus in a world full of distractions is not an easy thing to do! But if we fix our eyes on Jesus and look to Him as our source of strength, there is nothing we cannot do!
Through this second week of Lent, let’s thank Jesus for maintaining His focus all the way to the cross. And let’s ask Him to help us keep our eyes fixed on Him as we journey through these 40 days of Lent!
Stay focused my friends! He is worthy!
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