Ted Williams, one of baseball's greatest hitters said, "People always say my good eyesight and natural ability made me a good hitter. They never mention the practice, practice, practice." Indeed it would be hard to hit a ball you can't see, but Mr. Williams wanted people to know there was more to it than that. In the same way, we need to practice some spiritual vision in our lives.
We can look back at the cross of Christ. The Hebrew writer said, "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). With the great list of faithfulness given in Hebrews 11, the writer adds to that list the endurance of our Lord Jesus and His loving sacrifice on the cross. When we grow weary or discouraged let us look back at the cross.
We can look at today as an opportunity. Paul said, "Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity" (Colossians 4:5). The opportunity to know our Lord and to serve Him in some small way is ever before us, but we must be alert to the possibilities. Paul viewed such occasions as a door opened for him in the Lord (II Corinthians 2:12). With the world ever calling, we must take time to listen to God's call in our life.
We can look to the future with hope. Christ has "abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (II Timothy 1:10).
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