“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (NIV)
A lot of people think that pastors never fall into the same ruts they do. Since we’re always talking about prayer and community and love, many people think that we never have dry spells in our faith.
That’s just untrue.
I will, however, say that I try my hardest to always keep learning and growing. And I think it’s a part of my responsibility to share what works. And what I’ve found is that when I get down, I don’t stay down as long as I used to. And here’s why:
I’ve learned to keep coming back to Jesus.
The reason that’s important is because it’s all about him. It doesn’t matter if you’re a teacher, paramedic, stay-at-home mom, part-time custodian or financial guru. It’s all about him.
Recently, Craig Groeschel said this: “Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts.” I could chew on that cud for days!
What he means is that our lives tend to play out based on our strongest and most persistent thoughts. So when you continually come back to Jesus, he continually exerts greater influence on your thoughts and, therefore, your day-to-day activities.
So what do you do? You read the Gospels. And then you re-read them. And you don’t stop until you die. As it says in Hebrews 12:2: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”
In his super-awesome new book called Making Sense of God, author Tim Keller describes the majesty of this Redeemer who is worthy of our gaze: In Jesus we are “surprised to see tenderness without any weakness, boldness without harshness, humility without any uncertainty, indeed, accompanied by a towering confidence. Readers can discover for themselves his unbending convictions but complete approachability, his insistence on truth but always bathed in love, his power without insensitivity, integrity without rigidity, passion without prejudice.”
If you’re in a rut—or if you ever happen to fall into a rut—remember that your life moves in the direction of your strongest thoughts. So make the Jesus you find in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John your regular, brain-feeding diet.
When you do, the ruts may still come to you, but they won’t overcome you.
By Matthew Ruttan