Looking Away to Jesus, We Run to the Goal

New JerusalemThe street of New Jerusalem is “pure gold, like transparent glass” (Revelation 21:21). The pure gold street portrays a walk according to the divine nature. In God’s salvation we become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), so we can walk on the golden street now.

Our Christian walk today, a walk in Christ Jesus the Lord (Colossians 2:6), is also a race. Race means that we are not on a casual stroll but on a walk that requires diligence and effort. Our effort is to cooperate with the indwelling Christ to let Him live/walk/run through us. Hebrews 12:1-2 says:

Let us…put away every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race which is set before us, looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

Endurance is needed now because of the encumbrances and the sin; weights which will no longer drag us down in New Jerusalem. We overcome (put away) these weights by looking away from them to Jesus. Our putting away by looking away matches 2 Corinthians 3:16-17: whenever our heart turns to the Lord, there is freedom.

Our putting away by looking away also parallels Philippians 3. We are not yet perfected (v. 12) but, forgetting the things which are behind and stretching toward the things before we pursue toward the goal (v. 13-14). This is the opposite of John 6:66 where many disciples left Jesus and went back to the things they had left behind.

The ultimate goal of all our running and pursuing is New Jerusalem. May we be willing to forget everything behind, pursue walking in Jesus Christ now, and stretch toward the greater enjoyment of Jesus Christ in all that is before us unto New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

song about running the race by looking to Jesus:
There’s a race for us to run—Hallelujah,
__And a way for us the race to win.
To all those who have begun—Hallelujah,
__God has spoken, “Look away to Him!”
___Look away! O look away!
___Look to Jesus now today!
___Look away from everything unto Jesus,
____Look away from everything to Him!

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  1. Betty C. Kuan

     /  April 10, 2014

    I really enjoyed this portion! Thank you for sharing!

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