Keep Your Eyes On Jesus

I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
- I CORINTHIANS 9:27
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
- JOHN 4:15-18

One can imagine that the hot topic of the day would have been all the husbands this woman had. However, Jesus brings it up, lets her know that He knows, kills the topic, and moves to the real topic. In short, to the Master her topic was boring.

May I be so bold as to say something true? Your life of sin is boring, really, really boring. The Lord is actually tired of the topic, and can you blame Him? If I had to think of you all day, I would be bored, too.

A man was telling me of his truly horrific childhood, and really, those who participated in his pain deserve death. However, at the end I asked this question, “Have you told this story to many counselors?”

His answer, “Oh, there have been very many, since I am trying to get in touch with my pain!”

At that, I responded, “Boring, all boring!” I really meant it. If rolling in the past helped, he would have been helped years ago. In reality, the past was keeping him from a glorious NOW! I see clearly what Paul meant when he said he “disciplines his body.” It is not discipline as the legalists view it, for holiness is something given, not worked for. Instead, it is a discipline of not letting the center of one’s life shift from Jesus to something else.

The flesh is amazing in its attempt to have control. It will use even the TV. All I have to do is watch a report I do not agree with, next I am thinking I know better, and the end result is a self-centered Mike, not a Christ-centered Mike. All I have to do is think about how stupid it is to be searched at the airport and what I would like to tell those workers, and what happens next is I am in the flesh and not Christ-centered. I am getting bored with Mike, really, really bored. I can be reflecting on praise I heard or mulling over condemnation, comparing what was said to what could have been said, avoiding sin or actively finding it, or I can be judging the carnality of others or participating in my own. The flesh does not care, just so it is the focus and can remain active. See? I am boring. I am bored with myself. I want to keep my eyes on Jesus; He is never boring. Whether we think about how special we are or how ordinary, how intelligent or how stupid, or how spiritual or how carnal, either way the flesh reigns and our eyes are off the Beloved. It is a fight, a discipline, to keep the mind on Jesus, to know more and more of Him.

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