Pressing Ahead (copied from internet post) Paul often compared the Christian’s life to that of a runner who strains ahead and reaches forward toward the finish line. But no runner who keeps looking back over their shoulder can be successful. Paul wrote, “I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12b-14). Seeing With the Eyes of Faith None of us have ever seen Jesus in person, but we still believe in Him. Peter had seen Jesus, but he still wrote to those who hadn’t, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:8-9). Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29b). We cannot see Jesus now, but we can see His Word, and that is the Bible. Since Jesus is the Word (John 1:1, 14), we can see Jesus in the Word. We see Jesus with the eyes of faith, faith that He lived a sinless life and died to reconcile us to God. We shall know Him in Person someday, seeing Him face to face for the first time (1 Cor. 13:12). That’s enough for me. Conclusion The author of Hebrews gives us most excellent advice: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2), which is why we must “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Heb. 12:1), and we shall not stumble as long as we fix our eyes upon Jesus.
JESUS IS ALL THE WORLD TO ME Words and Music by Will L. Thompson 1. Jesus is all the world to me, My life, my joy, my all; He is my strength from day to day, Without Him I would fall: When I am sad, to Him I go; No other one can cheer me so; When I am sad, He makes me glad; He's my friend. 2. Jesus is all the world to me, My friend in trials sore; I go to Him for blessings, and He gives them o'er and o'er: He send the sunshine and the rain, He sends the harvest's golden grain; Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain; He's my friend. 3. Jesus is all the world to me, And true to Him I'll be; Oh, how could I this friend deny, When He's so true to me? Following Him, I know I'm right, He watches o'er me day and night; Following Him by day and night; He's my friend. 4. Jesus is all the world to me, I want no better friend; I trust Him now, I'll trust Him when Life's fleeting days shall end: Beautiful life with such a friend, Beautiful life that has no end; Eternal life, eternal joy; He's my friend.