Looking to Him with A Steadfast Gaze

Because we are raised with Christ, that gives us a position in Him; and with that position comes a charge from the Spirit of God. Colossians 3:1-2 says because we are risen with Him, we are to seek those things above and set our affections on things above. We are now from above and no longer from the earth or no longer earthy or carnal. So, we are to seek Him, and when we seek Him, there will be some noticeable things that happen to us and for us. Hebrews 11:6 says that God will reward those who diligently seek him. Matthew 6:33 says when we seek first His Kingdom, that the things we need will be added to us. We are also told whoever seeks Him will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Even when a group or nation seeks Him, some very amazing things happen. In II Chronicles the Word says when we seek Him, He will heal our land. It also says that He will give us rest on every side, and we will build and prosper. As we seek Him with all of our hearts, great things happen to us and for us.

 

We also need to set our affections on Him so it is necessary to figure out where our affections are. Matthew 6:21 says where your treasure is, your heart is also. You could say, where your heart goes, there goes your affections or your attention or your desires. When you love someone, your affection is on them or towards them. You can definitely tell when someone is in love by how much attention they pay to someone. Where are we focused? Who gets the bulk of our time and attention? Hebrews 12:2 talks about us looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. What kind of look? A steadfast gaze. That is how we set our attention on Him. It is like the look that was required in Numbers 21:9 as they looked at the serpent on the pole, which is a type of Jesus. It is not looking to the right or to the left. It is a steadfast gaze with determination of not letting anything pull our affections away from Him. It is being single minded and laser focused on Him.

 

I want to encourage you to continue to seek God’s face, and set your attention on Him and Him alone. And when you do, the things that you need will be taken care of and God Himself will openly reward you.

Pastor Mark Garver