Where is your mind fixed?
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
With so many details to keep up with, with so much to think through, how can we possibly fix our eyes—our mind—on Jesus?
Perhaps the better question is, Is our mind fixed—or is it often fluid, scattered, unfocused, distracted, drifting? So full we can’t concentrate? Overloaded with things to do? Too many details to remember? Plans to make? Worries? Anxious thoughts?
How do you set your thoughts on Jesus in the midst of so much pressure and responsibility? Begin your days with worship. Even a brief prayer, early in the day, that worships Christ specifically by His names and attributes will help set your mind toward Him. Then, as you move through your day, when you find yourself thinking of all that you have to do and the consequences of not getting it done, fix your minds on Jesus.
Focus on Jesus as your Shepherd who promises you will not want. Remind yourself that He will give you rest, renewal, protection. (Psalm 23). He promises to lead you, so talk to Him about your schedule, ask Him what to do next. Ask Him to anoint your conversations and give you wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:24). Acknowledge that He is your Wonderful Counselor and your Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Thank Him for His faithfulness (1 Corinthians 1:9).
We can’t hold two thoughts at once. Isn’t it better to focus on Jesus during those times when our minds have a tendency to drift—and worry?
Father, help those who read this prayer keep their eyes on Jesus. May they put Him before them, and think about Him instead of their problems. Lead them to bring their worries and concerns to You. Help them to realize how much You care for them and what they are going through. We pray they will not grow weary or lose heart. In Jesus’ Name, amen.