- Tara Joy Larrick
Fix My Eyes: Call To Be Like Christ
God has been pulling on my heart strings my dear friends. Convicting me. Letting me know that its time to change my heart yet again!
I have noticed that once you start listening to God speak his plan into you, He makes it loud and clear!
This past year when He told me I needed to change my priorities in life, not only was my Bible Study at the time called Intentionally Focused (focused on resetting our priorities) but at the same time I was attempting to find a home church for myself here in our new state, every single Sunday I went to a different church and each time God brought a message straight to my heart about priorities.
I started to get the hint that He really wanted me to put my priorities in the correct order.
Now here He is again speaking so loudly into my heart that it is most definitely hard to miss. My call now is to be like Christ. Not just believe, not just study his word everyday but actually be like Christ.
Practicing, and showing the world that it is not I who lives in me, but Christ.
By going over the few characteristics of Christ that Jesus gave in his Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:1-12, God opened my eyes to my very selfish and un-Christ like ways. One point truly stuck out to me,
Blessed are those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
I need to show mercy for ALL, especially when they don't deserve it because Jesus shows mercy to me when I don't deserve it. Oh friends, this is where I struggle the most. I can show mercy when it's easy, but when its hard to show mercy I get caught up in my own emotions and feelings. Jesus wants me to open my eyes to the fact that anyone can give mercy when its easy, its when its hard that Christ shines through us the most.
Following the church service, my online Leadership Bible Study, which is preparing me to become a leader with Good Morning Girls this fall, began.
And do you think God is using this study to touch my heart on my need to change to behave like Christ??
Because if I lead as Christ lead, by example, those that I lead will follow.
And because God loves to drive his point home with my favorite thing, music, he had me hear
Fix My Eyes by For King & Country.
Its lyrics read:
I learned the lines and talked the talk (everybody knows that, everybody knows that)But the road less traveled is hard to walk (everybody knows that, everybody knows)It takes a soldierWho knows his ordersTo walk the walk I'm supposed to walk
And love like I'm not scaredGive when it's not fairLive life for anotherTake time for a brotherFight for the weak onesSpeak out for freedomFind faith in the battleStand tall but above it allFix my eyes on you
The things of Earth are dimmingIn the light of Your glory and graceI'll set my sights upon HeavenI'm fixing my eyes on youI'm fixing my eyes on youI'm fixing my eyes
Can't See the Video? Click Here.
My Dear Friends,
Lets not just learn what the Bible says but lets act on it. Lets practice, and follow God's teachings, in Christ's footsteps. It is going to be tough, and in order to succeed we must know what the word of God says, specifically what kind of character we are supposed to exude.
But lets "Love like we're not scared, give when its not fair, and live life for another" because that is how Christ lived his life for us. He experienced the most unfair, horrendous thing that you or I could ever imagine: He suffered persecution, beatings, and was crucified not because of something that He did, but the things that we did and do.
Our sins, not his. Now that is unfair my friends. That is unfair.
In order to help understand the character qualities that are most like Christ's, lets look at
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient,
Love is kind,
It does not envy,
It does not boast,
It is not proud,
It does not dishonor others,
It is not self seeking,
It is not easily angered,
it keeps no records of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but,
rejoices in the truth.
It always protects,
Love Never Fails.
Be challenged with me. Lets love like Christ loves us.
Sermon on the Mount, Photo Credit
In Christ Alone, Photo Credit