Looking to Jesus instead of our own self-sufficiency
Recently, Micah Gibson shared some important insights from Luke 9 about keeping our eyes on Christ that are valuable to all of us. This chapter in the Bible holds many consecutive examples of Jesus’ disciples missing the point. They trusted in their own sufficiency instead of responding in obedience to Christ.
Eyes on Christ in our weakness
In the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, Christ first asks the disciples to give the crowds something to eat. The disciples had come from many days of ministry. They were working miracles and preaching the gospel all over the surrounding areas. Now Jesus was calling them to do even more out of their position of insufficiency. Rather than trusting God, the disciples looked only to their own weakness, selfish desires, and limited resources.
Eyes on Christ when our faith fails
Several verses later, Jesus cast out a demon from a young boy because the disciples are unable to do so. Again, we see the disciples experiencing a loss of faith. They choose to trust in themselves and their own abilities. They should have allowed the power of God to work through them. Micah pointed out how easy it is to go directly from looking to Christ to trusting in our own strength. When we rest on our own strength and what our eyes can see, we are cut off from the Holy Spirit and we cannot accomplish his purposes.
Eyes on Christ in our selfishness
Micah went on to say that personal expectations can translate into entitlement. The disciples set their own expectations based on their feelings and abilities. They continually argued about who was the greatest. We also become selfish and feel disappointed when expectations are not met. This sense of entitlement stems from not focusing on Christ and only focusing on what we want, need, and prefer. But, as Luke 9 teaches, Christ has called us to purposes that are only possible through his power.
Micah urges us to keep our eyes fixed on Christ in this season of continual uncertainty and unmet expectations. When you feel like you have done it all and have nothing left to give, keep your eyes on Christ. When plans change and reality does not meet what you desire, keep your eyes on Christ. It is in our weakness that Christ’s power is perfected. God is most glorified in us when we admit our insufficiency and step out in obedience by faith. God longs to work through you. Don’t miss it.
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2