As a boy in Sunday school we sang, “O be careful, little eyes, what you see.” This was a caution not to set our eyes on what was unholy. It’s also a good reminder for Christians today whose eyes need to be redirected. Too many Christians are looking around them. Their focus is on events, prophetic and otherwise. As a result, there are far too many panic-prone Christians. Yes, Jesus said we are to discern times and seasons. There are multiple prophetic indicators that are aligning. We’re in very challenging times. God’s judgment seems to be imminent. But this does not mean we’re to panic. On the contrary, we’re to rise to the call of this hour as Christ’s ambassadors – and redirect our eyes. God’s Word is clear where we need to set our spiritual eyes in times like these.
Look in. In such serious times we’re to examine our own spiritual condition. “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the day of God” (2 Peter 3:11-12).
Look out. Jesus calls us, “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). There is something fundamentally wrong when Christians are caught up with end time events but that somehow doesn’t translate into bringing lost people to faith in Jesus Christ. If we are indeed very close to the coming of the Lord, our first inclination should be to reach as many as we can as fast as we can with the gospel.
Look up. We’re closer to Christ’s return today than ever in history – at least by one day! There are many signs that indicate the imminence of His return. Jesus encourages us, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).
But until He returns our job remains unchanged: “Preach the gospel to all creation. Make disciples of all the nations” (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19). And in all of life’s challenges, let’s be “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).