Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:2
For years experts have touted the benefits of multitasking. We can be more productive when we are working on more than on thing at a time we were told. But recent research has proven that hypothesis wrong. It turns out we do much better when we focus on one thing at a time, giving it our full attention. God knew that all along!
Focus your eyes on Jesus.
In Hebrews 12:2 the original Greek word for fix is aphorao which means “to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something.” Jesus is that something. What other thing can compare to Him? How do we fix our eyes on Something we cannot see? Other definitions provide clues as to how we accomplish this task. It all starts in the mind.
Focus your mind.
In addition aphoroa can mean “to consider attentively;” and “to turn ones mind to.” Roots of the word aphoroa also mean “to know by experience.” We focus our mind on Christ, which helps us to focus our “spiritual eyes” on Him. Where the eyes focus, the body will follow.
Focus on the Author and Finisher.
The reason we must focus on Him is because He is the author and finisher of this faith journey we are on. He started our faith, and He will see us to the finish, when our faith becomes sight. Our faith journey is a process, a series of steps and stages, not a one and done experience. He leads us every beautiful, agonizing step of the way.
Week 2 Journal Activities
- How can we practice focusing on God?Let’s consider a spiritual practice call Lectio Divina or sacred reading. This article is posted on our other website and will guide you through the process.
- Lectio Divina helps us to focus on a short passage of scripture as God targets one or more verses to our hearts. Be sure to journal what you are learning/feeling. For more information on the myth of multitasking, see Christian neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf and her many resources.
- Feel free to share any thoughts/insights in the comments. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.