fix your eyes on Jesus {thoughts on Romans 7}

When I read Romans 7 I am reminded of a child learning to ride a bike – looking right at the very thing they are aiming to avoid. The law was given to mankind to reveal sin, but focusing on following the law as though I might become holy and pleasing to God by my obedience causes me to lose sight of the power within me which enables me to do any good thing: the Spirit of God living in and through me because of Christ’s work on the cross.

I am made new by Christ’s atoning sacrifice “that [I] should serve in the newness of the [Holy] Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6). I am set free from falling victim to both my sinful nature and the chains of legalism, delivered from this body of death by keeping my eyes on Jesus (Romans 7:25), the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). It is the Spirit working deeply and gently within me (Ephesians 3:20) giving me the desire and power to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13) that gives me victory over sin for the glory of God. I must fix my eyes on Him and Him alone.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

His words shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Songwriters: Griffith Jones / Helen Hewarth Lemmel

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