Happy new year
wishing you a fruitful year ahead
Imagine a boy whose room is filled with a celebrity’s pictures and clothes; mistakenly, you will think the boy himself is a celebrity. Sometimes, following someone closely may cause us to behave like such a person in words and actions.
Let me share an experience of mine: while I was seeking admission, someone teased me that medical students always looked corporate so I began to look corporate while attending my JAMB tutorials. Some people thought I was a student, but it was just my foresight.
There is no doubt that we become what we look and feed our eyes. I love how Amplified Bible version puts Hebrews 12 v. 2: looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, [a] disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
Fix your gaze on Jesus; see Him at the center of your academics, career, ministry, relationships, and all. We know there is a tendency to forget our relationship with God as we become successful to avoid this; our gaze should be fixed on Jesus. This action will keep us on the right track as we journey to success.
For instance, to break the hold of pornography and fornication in your life, look into the perfect law of liberty, the word of God, rather than being occupied with sinful movies, magazines, and pictures. Choose to starve that addiction, and ask God to set you free from it. Let God’s word eat you up from your spirit to your soul and your body instead of that addiction.
In your walk with God, it’s expected that Christ becomes your only gaze such that day-by-day, you become like Him. The basis of your Christian walk is that people see Jesus in you, and you reflect Him in your speech, conduct, and character.
2 Corinthians 3 v. 18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
As you look at him with an unveiled face—an eye that is not clouded—you behold His glory and become transformed. It’s also expedient that as you look at Him, you consciously pick His attributes like excellence (see psalm 8vs1), uniqueness, beauty, patience, good planning, diligence, and much more.
We don’t have the excuse of being mediocre in our spheres of influence; we shouldn’t be lazy, complacent, rough, or gluttonous because the God we are beholding is not. As we enter 2021, decide to walk in understanding and also in faith. Also, be deliberate about what you see, hear, and consume.
I admonish you to set high goals, make plans on achieving them, and trust God to help you. Moreover, walk with people that increase your foresight.
Happy new year
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