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Eyes on the Prize

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

We've all heard the phrase 'keep your eyes on the prize,' which underscores the importance of focusing on a specific goal or desired outcome. As the city still basks in the glow of the Boston Celtics' 18th NBA championship win, this adage takes on new significance. The Celtics remained resolute despite facing challenges and navigating changes (such as the trade involving veteran Marcus Smart). Their remarkable 64–18 record during the playoffs culminated in a triumphant victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Their unwavering determination, relentless pursuit of excellence, and resilience are vivid examples of what it truly means to keep one's eyes fixed on the ultimate prize—becoming champions."

But there were 18 losses–times when the Celtics became distracted for a brief moment. For example, the 122–84 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the finals ended their 10-game playoff win streak. With the prize in view, their eyes were temporarily diverted from the unseen potential glory. 

In today's verse, the apostle Paul encourages us to look beyond the visible, transient circumstances and set our gaze on eternal truths. Just as the Celtics momentarily lost sight of their goal during those 18 defeats, we too can become distracted by life's challenges. But like champions, we must refocus on the unseen—the eternal glory promised by God.

Keeping our eyes on the eternal unseen prize involves intentional spiritual practices that align with our faith and spiritual journey. Here are some ways to remain focused:

Scripture Meditation: Regularly immerse ourselves in God's Word. Meditate on passages emphasizing eternal truths, promises, and God's character. Reflect on verses like 2 Corinthians 4:18, which remind us to fix our eyes on the unseen and eternal.

Prayer: Develop a consistent prayer life. Seek God's guidance, wisdom, and perspective. Pray for an eternal mindset, asking Him to help you prioritize what truly matters beyond the temporal.

Worship: Engage in heartfelt worship. Sing songs that exalt God's eternal nature and celebrate His glory. Worship shifts our focus from the present to the eternal.

Community: Surround ourselves with fellow believers. Participate in a supportive church community where you can encourage one another, study Scripture together, and share in the hope of eternity.

Service: Serve others selflessly. When we invest in acts of love, kindness, and compassion, we participate in eternal work. Remember Jesus' words in Matthew 25:40: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Heavenly Perspective: When facing challenges or trials, consider them in light of eternity. Our present sufferings are temporary, but the glory awaiting us is eternal (Romans 8:18).

Generosity: Use our resources—time, talents, and finances—to advance God's kingdom. Invest in things that have eternal significance.

Remember, keeping our eyes on the eternal involves intentional choices and a heart aligned with God's purposes.

Heavenly Father, we come before You with hearts open, seeking Your presence. As we journey through life, help us fix our eyes not on what is seen—the fleeting, temporary things—but on the unseen prize—the joy of eternity with You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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