April 4—Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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. (“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen Lemmel)

Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:62–64 NLT)

Most driving tests are concerned with testing the driver’s ability to successfully and safely navigate streets while following the rules of the road. This often entails testing on parallel parking, three-point turns, and safely changing lanes. This is entirely unlike the final driving test at the FBI Academy. At the Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, agents learn things like reverse precision driving and braking in turns, as well as serpentine driving, which is best known as when a car is driven back and forth through a single line of cones without knocking any of them over. One of the key parts to serpentine driving is actually quite simple: rather than looking at the cones to avoid hitting them, the driver should look at the spaces between the cones, because the car will tend to go where the driver’s attention is focused.

In the same way, the things that we focus on with our hearts and our minds are the very same things that often determine the direction of our lives. Jesus talked about this very truth when He told Nicodemus, “And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life” (John 3:14–15). Though there are many who will never turn their eyes upon Jesus the Crucified One, all will eventually see Jesus the Glorified Son sitting at the right hand of God’s throne.

Worship your Savior King, focusing your full and complete attention on Jesus and allowing the light of His glory and grace to help you reorient your heart and mind on Him so that you won’t waver in your steps as you follow Him.