Lift Up Your Eyes | The Institute for Creation Research

Lift Up Your Eyes

It’s hard to think about sowing and reaping in the middle of winter, but right now is the perfect time to stop and take stock. When you curl up by the fireplace and while the snow blankets the fields, it’s time to plan for next fall’s harvest and prepare for springtime storms and brutal summer heat. Though it’s cold and sometimes dark, this season between harvesting and planting offers rest from hard labor, an opportunity to evaluate life, and a time to renew our focus before we begin the next season of the work God has given us to do.

Many of us take time in January to reflect over the past year—to consider our goals and direction, what changes to make, ways to simplify our households and streamline activities, how to strengthen our commitments, and how to sharpen our focus. In this month’s feature article, Dr. Henry Morris III talks about “the mindset of the Christian laborer” and how we are challenged to “do business” until the Lord returns (“Sowing and Reaping”). We’re reminded of the urgency of our work: “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” (John 4:35).

Now is the time to “lift up your eyes and look.” Jesus challenged His followers to see the needs of those around them now, not four months from now. He urged them to see the needs of a fallen culture and to share the truths of God’s Word with the people in their “white fields.” Our Lord wants us to feel the same urgency for those around us today. Do they know Christ? Have we become complacent about the souls of the people in our lives?

He wants us not only to see the harvest, but ultimately to go through life with our eyes on Him. Jesus’ lesson to His disciples began with the words “lift up your eyes.” It’s like a mother saying to her toddler “Now, look at me…” before she gives instructions. Or a teacher who says “All eyes up here, please” before she assigns homework. Likewise, with us, God knows He has to get our full attention before He gives the instruction to “look.” The cares of the world can keep our eyes distracted by issues that don’t matter.

He is our example, the One who “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). He pushed through the challenges and trials, staying focused on the reward—and so should we. We depend on Him for our daily needs, our moment-by-moment direction, and help with our work. We trust Him with the results of our service and rely on Him with every step (Psalm 123:2).

Any day is a good time to renew the commitment to continue “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). As we evaluate where we are and where we’re going, let’s lift up our eyes anew to see a harvest ripe for reaping, labor faithfully in the work we’ve been given, and fix our gaze on Him.

* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2017. Lift Up Your Eyes. Acts & Facts. 46 (1).

The Latest
NEWS
Remembering Patti Morse
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from...

CREATION PODCAST
What Happened with Washington's Violent Volcano? | The Creation...
How did a 1980 volcanic eruption change our understanding of geology? What impact did this event have on the age assignments of sediments? Join us for...

NEWS
Fossil Insect Predation Shows No Evidence of Evolution
Some recent science news stories have come out describing fossils of insects feeding on plants supposedly many “millions of years ago.” What...

NEWS
Adaptive Genetic and Epigenetic Changes in Plants
Being sedentary organisms, plants are essentially stuck where they are planted and need to dynamically adapt to the conditions around them to not only...

NEWS
Dr. Tim Clarey Awarded Adjunct Professor of the Year
Congratulations to ICR Research Scientist and geologist Dr. Tim Clarey! He received the Adjunct Professor of the Year award from King’s University,...

NEWS
Mars Rover Records Dramatic Solar Eclipse
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has filmed the Martian satellite (or moon) Phobos eclipsing the sun, and this short but impressive video may be viewed...

CREATION PODCAST
Darwin or Design? CET Pt. 2 | The Creation Podcast: Episode 22
How does design provide a better explanation for biological functions and adaptations than natural selection? And how can engineering principles help...

NEWS
Resurrecting “Ancient” Enzymes?
The most abundant protein on Earth is probably an enzyme (biological catalyst) called RuBisCO (or Rubisco) designed by the Creator to function in photosynthesis.1...

NEWS
Inside May-June 2022 Acts & Facts
How can Christians stand up to scientific elitism? What does the plant fossil record in Iceland tell us about the global Flood? Does a new bacterium...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Kids: Grand Canyon
by Christy Hardy and Susan Windsor* You’re never too young to be a creation scientist! Kids, discover fun facts about God’s creation...