Monday Music is a short (10 min) stop at the beginning of the work week to be guided through a time of scripture, contemplation and prayer. I hope you’re encouraged and strengthened by it. Click the follow button or leave a comment, I’d love to connect! – Seth
God, we come to You, the author of our faith. We come to You repenting of all the times we have focused on Earthly things and loved stuff instead of You. Turn our hearts and our minds and our eyes to be fixed upon You. You have more good than we could ever imagine. Amen.
FIX MY EYES by King and Country
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Standing face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes All of the heartbreaks
Here’s what I’d do differently
Love like I’m not scared Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle Stand tall but above all
Fix my eyes
I learned the lines and talked the talk
Everybody knows it everybody knows it
‘Cause the road less traveled was hard to walk
Everybody knows it everybody knows
It takes a soldier
Who knows his orders
To walk the walk I’m supposed to walk
The things of earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on You
A THOUGHT & SCRIPTURE
When’s the last time you turned off your phone, the television, the stereo, all other distractions and just sat there? I’d be willing to bet, for most of us, it’s been a while. We’re so used to running and running from thing to thing while the constant notifications ping us incessantly. There’s no time to…focus.
Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.
In the verse, the Apostle Paul is writing to the Corinthian church who lived in a very, very rich, affluent area of Corinth. They had everything (in that day and age). There were plenty of distractions and things to buy or seek after. His word of caution reminds them that all of these things will take their time and their hearts if they’re not careful and they should be cautious about getting too attached. They are temporary and fleeting. This world is just a short time.
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
John is following this same line of things when he doesn’t just say it’s fleeting, but these things have nothing to offer over the love of the Father. They’ll even draw you away from the love of the Father. John knows that we need these things to survive and take care of ourselves, but loving the world will take your eyes off of our true love: Jesus. The love of the Father who has been placed in our hearts to guide us and give us more than this world ever could.
When we slow down.
We take a moment.
Turn the things of this world off.
We start to see things differently.
Sit outside quietly and look at the trees, the sky, the clouds. Look at them.
You begin to see details you missed before.
You start to notice how they grow and maybe have adapted to their environment.
Perhaps you begin to consider why that acorn fell there.
Why did the builder place those trees around the house in that manner?
How did that beautiful tree grow from something so small?
You begin to see the incredible depth of creation.
You can even find it in a skyscraper.
You make take note of the details the architect included on the windows or walls that have no purpose other than beauty and joy.
The same happens we sit with God.
We fix our eyes on Him.
The author and perfecter of our faith.
The creator of the world.
The small whisper of the Holy Spirit speaking to us.
We feel His presence.
Most importantly, we begin to see our lives shaped and filled by His glory and grace.
Take time each day, even five minutes, to dwell on an aspect of God’s love and grace in your life.
Doesn’t He deserve to have our eyes fixed on Him?
Hebrews 12: 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
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Jesus, thank you for loving us so much that You would die for us. Thank you for freedom and joy to live this life! Create in us the desire and excitement to see the world through your eyes. Fix our eyes on You!