Bill's Blog / Sept 2019

Look Up-Not In

We look inward at ourselves and see things we need to correct.  That’s good, right?  Actually, it isn’t. Let’s say ‘lying’ is something you struggle with.  You should admit it and determine not to lie again, right.  What’s wrong with that?  Does thinking about something all the time make it go away?  I don’t think so.  Keeping something in your mind will make it more likely to happen again.  Aka, we become what we think about.

Let’s say you were able to overcome whatever you self-diagnosed…lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping…things the Bible is clear about.  You’ve done something good for sure then.  Not so fast.  To focus on overcoming any bad habit is actually not focusing on Jesus.  What good does it do me to overcome all bad habits if I do it in my own strength?  I’m just a sinner without bad habits.  Instead of focusing on overcoming habits, I need to focus on Jesus…the only One who can change me.

Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…

2 Corinthians 5:17 …If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

I can’t make myself new.  I can only make myself someone with fewer bad habits.   Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would become One with Him like He is One with Father.  Jesus didn’t live in Oneness by trying to do better.  He was One with Father through a constant awareness of Him.  He kept His eyes on Him completely and obeyed whatever Father spoke to Him at every moment.  We must do the same.

Colossians 3:1 …Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Our desire in life must be Oneness with Jesus, complete unity in Spirit, thought, actions.  I can only accomplish this by keeping my mind on Him at all times…Praying without ceasing.  The more my mind is on Jesus, the more I think on Him, the more access He has to me.  The more He can recreate who I am.  The more One I become with Him.  This isn’t accomplished by me seeing my faults and trying to do better.  It’s accomplished by my focusing on Him, and nothing else, every moment of every day.  That’s what Jesus did with Father, and that’s what He wants to do in me as well.

Betty Routhieaux