Have you ever been in a situation that felt hopeless? Have you ever been in a difficult circumstance that felt impossible for God to intervene? Or maybe it’s not a circumstance but that family member who isn’t living for Jesus.
Whatever it may be, we all have things in our lives that leave us with a choice: to choose hope or not.
If you’re feeling hopeless, Jesus wants to transform the way you see.
There has been a prayer that has become the heartbeat of everything that I do: Lord, give me your eyes. More than just a catchy phrase, I want this to be a uniting of my will with His will. In John 17 we see Jesus’ prayer that we would be one with Father God just as He and the Father are one. Jesus had this way about Him that wherever He went, He saw what His Father wanted, and then obeyed. He had His Father’s eyes.
Hebrews 12:1b-3 — And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Why would a completely perfect God be put through suffering and shame and complete humiliation if there wasn’t an incredible value to His mission?
You were His mission.
It says ‘for the joy set before Him.’ Jesus saw something about us worth fighting for — worth dying for. You are His joy!
When you understand that the same way Jesus sees you is how we should see others, then your entire world changes! Jesus looks at you, eyes filled with hope, and invites us to step into freedom. When Jesus transforms your mind, you begin to see what He sees. Then the next step is natural: When you begin to see what He sees, you begin to do what He does. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
Bill Johnson says it this way: “Any area of my life for which I have no hope is under the influence of a lie”. What area of your life is under the influence of lie? If you’ve lost hope, I urge you to look to Jesus again. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that you’re believing that doesn’t line up with what Jesus believes. See the situation with His eyes.
Romans 5:8 — But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
While we were still in rebellion to Him, He paid the ultimate price for us. My prayer for you today is that you will see the world around you with eyes of hope–with eyes of love. Fix your eyes on His face and see the Face of hope. There is always an Answer; His name is Jesus, and the world is waiting for Him. You have what they need.
Make this your prayer today:
Lord, give me your eyes.