No, this is not an ode to Tupac; however, this is what our Heavenly Father is saying to us, “All eyes on ME!”
Have you ever been in a classroom and heard these words spoken by a teacher? It was usually when you were off task and they needed you to focus on your assignment. I remember clearly, and for me, I was always turned around in my seat, chatting it up with my friends, and being easily distracted. What my teachers needed me to do was to focus my attention on them so I could get clear instructions on my assignments. They wanted my eyes on them so I would not be taken off course by everything else that was going on around me.
That is exactly what God wants from us. He knows there is stuff around us that draws our attention away from him and causes us to miss our assignments. From music and social media, to relationships, distractions are everywhere.
Psalm 16:8 says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (NIV) This does not mean we walk around looking up at the heavens all day trying to keep our eyes literally on Him, nor does it mean we are like horses with blinders on because it is impossible to function that way. What it does mean, is to keep our eyes on Him the Word. The Word is our instructions for our assignments. Reading God’s Word, gaining an understanding, and applying it to our lives is how we walk according to the Will God has for us. It is how we stay on task and remain unshaken.
One of my favorite documentaries of all times is, Eyes on the Prize, and there is a song of the same title. The lyrics to the song are based off of scripture, Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (KJV) Our prize in life rest in God, and we should keep our eyes on Him so we can walk in our purpose. We have to set our eyes on His Word, not just in brief glances, but to focus in and see what the Word is saying directly to us so we may obtain our prize.
Hebrews 12:2 reads, “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.” (NIV) Fix your eyes on the Pioneer, the founder of faith. Set your eyes on the one that purposed you for your kingdom assignment long before you were born. Keep your eyes on the Word of God and if you find yourself distracted, just imagine the Lord saying, “All Eyes on Me!”
Deborah Woolard is a single mother of three from Raleigh, NC and she currently resides in Charlotte, NC. She is an ordained & licensed minister and she serves as the Youth Director at R5 Church. Her love for writing, especially poetry is one of the many ways God allows her to use her gifts for His glory. Her poetry can be viewed at https://m.facebook.com/gracefullydsignedbydeborah/.