Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.3Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. 4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as children— “My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart when you are punished by him; 6for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves, and chastises every child whom he accepts.” (Hebrews 12:1-6, NRSV)
I still remember the shirt that said, “Live Cross-Eyed” on it with a cross and this verse, well part of this verse, Hebrews 12:2. In the version used on the shirt, which I am not sure now which one that was, it was translated, fix your eyes upon Jesus, the author, and perfector of our faith. Be cross-eyed in that all you see is the cross or the cross is the focus of what you see. Because Jesus was the one who created our faith and perfected it in his death on the cross.
Another way I have said this is to make sure that you see the back of Jesus’ head, if you look him in the eyes you are in the wrong place. We need to follow Jesus where He leads us and look to Him to show us how.
So are you focused on the cross or your own comforts?