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Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith ...”
Hebrews 12:2

A quote that I recently read said, “Don’t minor in the majors and major in the minors.” I think we would all agree that this is a good principle; the problem is we often disagree on what is major and what is minor. So the real question is how do we decipher between the minor and the major? The answer, of course, is look to Jesus. When I look at the ministry of Jesus, I see someone who exemplified this principle.

While the religious leaders of the day were spending hours upon hours arguing about was or was not allowed on the Sabbath, Jesus was busy engaging with people and bringing healing and wholeness into their lives. He was majoring in the majoring, while they were majoring in the minors. Thankfully, Jesus did not just live it out, but He also gave us some very simple directions in Mark 12 for how we can live this out, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

This simple principle of Jesus is at the heart of our vision: Inspire, Serve, Grow Disciples. We want to be a church that continues to major in the majors, but this takes constant work and most of all it takes a constant focus on Jesus. From Jesus we learn what the majors are, we learn that the most important thing is to love God and to love one another; this is how we major in the majors. The most important things are not paint colors or worship styles.

The most important things are not carpet styles or coffee flavors. The most important things are not getting our own way or always being right. The most important things are not having to be recognized for service or being a leader. The most important thing is to love God and to love one another.

Sounds simple enough, but we all know how hard it is. If this will continue to be a reality for our church, we must have eyes that are fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. He alone can show us what it means to major in the majors, as we see how He has gone to the cross and defeated death so that we might receive His righteousness.

Friends, may we always have eyes that are fixed on Jesus.

Julie Fiery
Council President