Take Another Look – DAY 21

LOOKING AT JESUS
BY DARLENE ZSCHECH

(ACC17 SPEAKER)
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne.’ (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)
As we take another look at the why we do what we do, Hebrews 12 outlines again the reality of keeping our gaze firmly fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
The vehicle of true worship will always cause you to take another look. Maybe you tend to get distracted or overwhelmed by many things, whether they be public expectations, personal challenges, emotional tipping points, weariness, family issues, yes the lists go on… Yet the promise and beauty of truthful worship is that as we invite the nearness of God into the immediacy of our concerns. His presence has the ability to calm even the greatest of storms, internal or external.
To behold the face of Jesus will always be the goal of our worship. Worship in and of itself doesn’t necessarily change a situation, but the Holy Spirit changes us in the process of leaning into the living word, and reveals Jesus continually as the cornerstone and rock of our salvation. We each can run with endurance, as we rest in the knowledge that we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.
Taking another look will require your time, your desire, your honest heart before God, but on the other side of your drawing near, you’ll find He has been beholding you the entire time.
What a beautiful thought today. Take the time, dig the well, enjoy the fellowship with the One who is wild about you. Take another look, family, I promise you’ll enjoy the view.

TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at Jesus.