22 July 2019

Hello, welcome to another week of Foundation Podcasts. It’s Mick here and with my wife Tricia we have the privilege of leading this amazing church STC Sheffield.

Since last September our Podcasts have focussed on the story of Jesus found in the four gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We do so hope you find these Monday to Friday bible reflections helpful as you live out the Jesus life. Next week we begin our six week Summer season with Foundation Reboot – six selected Podcasts from the last 12 months. As a springboard into those summer weeks something a little different this week as we turn our full attention to JESUS – each day’s bible reading and reflection will help us to focus again on our relationship with Jesus and allow him to speak a fresh word into our lives. If you’re looking for a Podcast on the last two chapters of John, I offered these reflections the first week in May this year – just scroll back in our Podcast archive!

REFLECTION:

It’s Monday – our bible passage is Hebrews 12:1-2 (MSG) which says this

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed— that exhilarating finish in and with God— he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

The focus today as we begin our week is LOOK to Jesus every day.

Many years ago when we were exploring the Christian faith, Tricia and I were taken to church by our friends – always a good thing to do, invite friends to church – more of the this later in the week. We will always be so grateful to our friends for taking us to church – I suppose we were a little tense and they must have been a little apprehensive but because of them, we met with Jesus and the rest as they say, is history! I remember a song we sang in those first visits to their church and I recall even now humming that tune, singing those words over the next weeks and months. Those of you listening who are of a certain age may know this song.

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

An old song perhaps but a truth that is eternal – turn your eyes upon Jesus, look to him. I watched a video this week of several thousand, mainly young people at a Hillsong Church conference – Hillsong Church was birthed in Australia bu is now a global movement. These people were encountering Jesus as they sang ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus … it really was so moving to see this this song Tricia and I sang so many years ago led by a guy on a pipe organ, inspiring and blessing a new generation of disciples as an amazing band led them in worship.

Tricia and I have three wonderful children who have been and still are an amazing blessing to us. They are all married the the best ever partners and we have five wonderful grandchildren aged from nine years to seven months; in descending order Josiah, Anabelle, Abigail, Ivy and Nathaniel – lots of love from Granny and Grandad! One of the best things about grandchildren, and there are many, are their birthdays – an abundance of parties, balloons, cakes, wrapping paper and Lego! As we celebrate with them the Lord always reminds me again of the truth of this scripture. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus…’

As Tricia and I have looked to Jesus over these many years of following him he has provided all we have needed – for us, our children and our grandchildren. As we have kept our eyes on him everyday in prayer, reading the bible, being in church communities, bringing our worship and service we have truly experienced the reality of his wonderful promise that if we focus our lives on him, his words and his ways; as we look to him every day, we will receive his guidance, provision, love and grace. It has been and still is, the better and only way to live!

PRAYER:

Lord Jesus, this day I choose to look to you for all I need for myself, my family and all those I love. This day I choose to serve you and after the worship song I offer to you my simple prayers for today. Lord, this day I choose you to look to you. Amen.