Fixing your eyes

I recently went to a top-end art gallery. It had the feeling of being very impressive and I was looking forward to walking round. As I stepped into the first part of the gallery there were various 3D objects on the wall. They looked like Blue Peter craft rejects, certainly if my boys had brought them home from school I would have said, why don’t you cut straight lines, or glue it a bit more accurately? Now maybe thats because I am complete heathen when it comes to art, or maybe this ‘art’ was an acquired taste.

Thinking about that has reminded me that a number of years ago I went to the Van Gogh a gallery in Amsterdam, his work was quite dark and it felt quite negative. Until, that is, I came to this one painting. It was quite different but it made the room light up, it turned out to be a Rembrandt (I don’t know why it was there!). It made me want to look, it was a thing of beauty, a masterpiece, it was like a light in the room. Don’t get me wrong, Van Gogh’s work was impressive and has its own style, but this piece captured everyone, it was objectively a work of art.

When you find Jesus you realise that He is a work of art, He is objectively capturing and worthy to be gazed upon forever more. Some may say that he is an acquired taste, but my suspicion would be that they’ve been shown a cheap imitation. The imitations always fall short of fulfilling that which you thought they would. But Jesus will always capture your attention. Amidst all the other voices in the world, His is like a light in a dark room, He will capture your heart both now and forever more. We just have to not settle for imitations, for religious activity that speaks of Him but doesn’t deliver the substance. As the writer to the Hebrews put it…

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter 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 ‭12:1-3‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Lord, I pray that you will teach me to fix my eyes on you, don’t let me settle for religious activity, let me know you, your presence and what it is to walk in intimacy with you. Amen