KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SPARROW
Growing up as kids in the 80s, the above words always bring to my mind of one popular musician in those days, Jimmy Cliff. I am not sure I was able to know what the lyrics were, but I was always humming along when my Uncle would be playing those big Lp record; I guess that’s what they called them then.
I believe I was not the only one, but to as many kids growing up then, especially these who love music, would remember those words; ‘Keep your eyes on the Sparrow.’
However, these days, with the society wired into Spirituality, we could rephrase the above with words from the bible book of Hebrew 12:2 that says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith………”
These words sound like a battle cry for every Christian believer whose goal is to make Heaven, the Kingdom of God. This is propelling every believer in this unending strive against principalities and powers, agents of darkness, and against the flesh crave for the mundane things and pleasure of this present world.
The bible, in Rom. 8:35-39 gave us an inkling as what to expect as believers as we navigate our way through life perilous voyage to the Promised Land. Paul put it this way; what can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword.
As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Meaning that the high way to Heaven is littered with all manner of distractions and obstacles; some capable in taken our lives, but in all. We never wavered. We have set our goal on Christ. and the Father’s Kingdom; nothing will stop us from making this life ultimate goal.
That’s what St. Paul was trying to encourage us with when he said nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
In the book of Revelation, John the beloved, revealed to us what the Lord asked him to tell mankind, that “he that endured to the end.” Again, meaning the road to Heaven calls for endurance; thus, we have to keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
For He was like us, tempted as we are, and persecuted, in every way, Heb. 4:15. He felt the infirmity of mortal life. Thus, we continue until the Pearly gates of Heaven opens to admit us into the splendor and glory of the Divine presence of God.
So, what has that got to do with keeping our eyes on the sparrow, I could hear someone asking.
Well, it was the sound of music flowing in the air I caught, which led me in this chain of thought to share with you. Whatever your dream in life is, hold on to it. It will always not be achieved in a wishful thinking. It must be pursued and worked out, endured and set on as a mark to attain.
As in spite of our sometimes, frail moral life, lustful thinking, sliding and slipping along this super highway to Heaven, and not losing focus that we are Heaven bound, so must we hold on to our dreams of what we are aspiring to be.
The road to becoming a medical doctor, a lawyer, an accountant, a chief executive, will never come in a platter of gold. There will be sleepless nights, days when there may not be dinner, or breakfast.
A time could come when you may not have the fee to pay for your course work, or the fare for the bus ride; when you will be tempted, or even goaded to jettison that dream for some seemingly fairer alternative.
But listen to what I want to share with you today, my friend. We all at some point in life made that mistake and some could not get back on track to that old dream, the vision God had shown to us in our formative years; some are now floundering in an endless labyrinth of hopelessness.
I had a kick on my guts when I was listening to a lecture few days ago, this prompted this write up. It came in the form of a question; ‘do you have a mission statement of your life?’
Well, I had all the time assumed mission Statement has to do with my new business proposal, or a new product design; but a mission statement about my life, well that is new and I guess it’s worth exploring.
It sound like a strange question, but it is essential we have a mission statement of our life, and follow it through to its logical conclusion; putting in place all the control and coordination measures that we would have put in our project execution.
It is just another way of saying “keep your eyes on the Sparrow:” “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.