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We went to Paronella Park recently. As we walked around, I snapped this picture of our Isaac gazing intently at the fish in the river. So fixed was his gaze that he forgot about what was happening around him for a moment.


The Bible often reminds us to look beyond this world we live in and to see into the eternity that Our Lord has prepared for us. This is after all the hope that we share in as disciples of Jesus. It is about having God’s Kingdom perspective in all things, as we go about the daily journey that we have set before us.


Yet it struck me recently that we often don’t know where to look when we seek to gaze heavenward. Many look up, or perhaps into the eyes of a loved one or friend.


Stephen was one of the believers and a deacon in the early church. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and the Lord was able to do mighty deeds through him. So much so in fact, that the religious leaders decided to interrogate him about what he was doing. You can read about Stephen’s story from Acts 6-7.


Yet it was Stephen’s gaze into heaven that really struck a chord with me this week:


Acts 7:55 (ESV)

55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.


Stephen did not look up or down or into the eyes of another. He looked beyond. The Lord had given him the ability to see beyond what lay in front of him and into the truth of things. Stephen was martyred for this ability to see beyond.


Brothers and sisters I want to encourage you to look through the lens of Christ in your normal day. As you do so, may you see heavenward and the glory of Our Lord and Saviour, just as Stephen did. May our gaze be so intent upon Jesus, that we lose ourselves in Him and see beyond the darkness of this world, and into the Light of His glorious Truth.


Acts 7:56 (ESV)

56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”


—Ps. Adrian

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