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People fix their eyes on that from
which they hope to draw life. The direction of one's gaze is therefore
crucial to the vitality of one's walk.
Too often, we fix our eyes on things
which are vain. Psalm 119:37 (NASV) says: "Turn away my eyes from looking
at vanity, and revive me in Thy ways."
The Hebrew word for "vanity" is "shav."
It means "emptiness or nothingness," and is used in Scripture of
anything and everything one relies on or hopes in that disappoints his
trust and expectation.
In counseling, we see many people with
their eyes fixed on vain things. For some, it's the world with its
wisdom, things, and pleasures. For some, it's themselves, with
self-love, pride, and arrogance, or with guilt, condemnation and
confusion. Clearly, there is no salvation in any of these things.
Our job as counselors is to help them
turn away from looking at vanity and to fix their eyes on Jesus, the
author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2). For when they cease
looking elsewhere, and steadfastly consider Jesus, the power of His love
and grace transforms them into the same image (II Corinthians 3:18) and
conforms them to Christ (Romans 8:29).
"If then you have been raised up with
Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the
right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things
that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ
in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be
revealed with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:1-4 NASV).
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