My son is playing baseball for his high school this season. Whether I’m at a game or a practice, whether the Red Hawks are up to bat or out in the field, I hear the phrase over and over again: Keep your eye on the ball!
Pretty good advice.
It’s awfully hard to field the ball when you are distracted by something else. It’s next to impossible to hit the ball when you don’t watch it all the way from the pitcher’s hand.
As a pastor, people tell me frequently about a stumble into sin, a failure in their marriage, a relapse into their addiction, a slip of the tongue. And I want to repeat the phrase over and over again: Keep your eyes on Jesus!
It’s awfully hard to say no to sin that seems so attractive when you aren’t looking at the surpassing beauty of Christ.
It’s really hard to stay committed in your marriage when you don’t look at the perfect Bridegroom.
It’s almost impossible to stay morally clean unless your eyes are fixed on the perfect Savior.
Charles Spurgeon gave this warning—
“Some creature steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of Christ upon whom your affection ought to be set. Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you should fix your eye steadily upon the Cross. It is the incessant turmoil of the world, the constant attraction of earthly things which takes away the soul from Christ.”
I love the chorus of the old hymn:
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
Keep your eye on your Savior!