Frazzled. We’ve all been there. When everything around you slips between your fingers and submits to the restless strain of fear. It’s in those moments that life halts and your faith wavers. “Was I really called to this purpose? Has God really directed me here?” Voices crowd our convictions and manipulate our thoughts. We excuse this as normative and simply chalk it up to stress, but I ask you to consider something: Is our finished outcome birthed from our starting outlook? You see, when we allow deceit to invade our minds, duplicity impacts our actions. We become frazzled, fearful and ultimately faithless.
You might balk and claim that you are far from faithless, but I ask you, where is your gaze? 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV states, “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.” Many of us have grasped onto this defeatist concept and claimed it as humility; however, it removes our gaze from Christ and casts the spotlight on us. Victimization has become our god.
When we refuse to fix our gaze on Christ, our perception of Him becomes skewed and our purpose becomes shadowed. This occurs because our actions are not directed from our identity in Christ, but through the opinion of others. We begin to bask in the limelight of criticism and glory in the attention of false-humility. Frustration and stress becomes our manta and God’s view becomes secondary.
Paul is challenging us, like the church in Corinth, to fix our gaze. This requires reconstruction of our perception and redirection of our purpose. Romans 8:37 NLT says “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” When we fix our eyes on things unseen, we choose to see the love of Christ. We let go of the outcome and remain unfazed. I encourage you this week to seek your own motivations of pursuit. Are you seeking His face or are you frazzled?