Weekly Devotion

  • Turn Your Eyes

    April 8, 2020

    As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” Luke 10:38-39 The Message

    As a follower of Jesus, many of us are “doing” good things. As we journey deeper in faith, our vision becomes clearer and we realize that doing “good” things is not always the “best” or “essential” thing to be doing.

    We have a unique opportunity at this moment in time to concentrate on doing the “essential” thing – to enjoy the “main course”.  So let us remove ourselves from our list of tasks and ask ourselves some simple questions.

    When was the last time you gave yourself a break – from work – from cleaning – from directing – from supervising others – from having “to do“ anything. When was the last time, you had no agenda but Him?

    When is the last time you merely rested in Him – in his teaching – in the beauty of His spring flowers – in the warmth of His sun or the vastness of His night sky – or the laughter of His children?

    When is the last time you hung on every word He said?

    The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10:38-42 The Message

    So . . . “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.”

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    O soul are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior
    And life more abundant and free

    Turn you 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

    Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there
    Over us sin no more hath dominion
    For more than conquerors we are

    And 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

    His word shall not fail you, He promised
    Believe Him and all will be well
    Then go to a world that is dying
    His perfect salvation to tell

    And 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

    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace

    Lyrics by Helen Howarth Lemmel 1922

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