As of February 16, 2020, Gloria Muliro New Song (“Look to Jesus“) was released with a have it all message. And, as can be seen, while you watch the full video which is on the Gloria Muliro Muzik YouTube Channel, the message becomes more clear.
By definition, looking to Jesus means relying on him. The word translated “looking” has the idea of zeroing our gaze on something with confidence. The New International Version (NIV) even captures it as; “fixing our eyes.” Below is the full video as captured from Gloria Muliro YouTube Channel.
To enumerate, Jesus is our encouragement in this race, both as our example and as our help. As an example, Jesus is the forerunner who has gone before us.
He has lived faithfully in this world, trusting the Father and yielding to his will. In that case, Jesus has left us an example that we might follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21). As our help, Jesus is the one from whom we draw power.
He is the one who has given us life (John 5:21) and has sent the Helper to be with us forever (John 14:16). We run this race only because of his word and only by the power of his Spirit. So we look to him. We lean on him.
What is the Meaning of Look To Jesus?
To enumerate, looking to Jesus means looking to him alone. That’s what it means to be God — he doesn’t share his seat.
Another aspect embedded in this idea of looking is that we look without distractions.
Look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
This makes absolute sense. When we Look to Jesus it means we are not looking at anything else.
Simply put, Looking to Jesus means we turn our backs on all the other stuff. Forget the approval of man. Forget the consuming aim to leave a “spiritual legacy.”
Of all the good things we could look to and draw energy from, Jesus demands our exclusive gaze. Looking to anything else will eventually be exposed as the hollow pursuit it is.
Why Look To Jesus?
Of course, Yes! You guessed it right! Through Gloria Muliro New Song – “Look to Jesus,” we learn more about the life of Jesus Christ from his world salvation perspective. And thereafter, discover the truths about the Son of God who became the Savior of the world.
We also get some biblical answers to common questions many people have about Christ our Savior. Whether you have been a Christian for years or you are seeking to know more about who Jesus is, who aim to give answers from well-known theologians, pastors, and speakers.
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22
In other words, Looking to Jesus means he is our reward. There is a parallel in this passage between where we look in our running and where Jesus looked in his. The text says of Jesus’s own forerunning: “for the joy set before him.”
Jesus ran for joy! A reward. We see a few clauses later that this reward was his being “seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” This was where he fixed his gaze.
It was the vision of this finish line that carried him through the suffering and shame. It was his goal.
Who is a Christian?
The answer to the question “What is a Christian?” will vary greatly depending on whom you ask. To some, it means you were born in a “Christian” nation or you come from a “Christian Family.” While at the same time, to others, it means you believe in Jesus or the religion that is based on Jesus’ teachings.
Yet others use the word “Christian” to speak of a deeply personal relationship between Jesus Christ and an individual. But, since the Bible is the authority for the Christian Faith, let’s see what it says about the word “Christian.”
The word Christian is only used 3 times in the New Testament and each instance is referring to the first “Christians” of the early church.
So, for a whole year, Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch (Acts 11:26).
Then, Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian? (Acts 26:28).
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name (1 Peter 4:16).
A true Christian is a person who has accepted God’s gift of salvation and put their faith in Jesus Christ.
This includes accepting Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins and His resurrection as proof of His power over death.
Why were they called Christians?
They were called “Christians” simply because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ Jesus.
The Bible says that good works do not make us acceptable to God. In other words, a person can live to a high moral standard, give money to feed the poor, go to church, and serve their neighbors. And yet not be a Christ Follower or “Christian.”
Titus 3:3-6 says;
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 further explains;
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
These verses clearly share that salvation (being born again) is a gift of God. Nothing we do can earn us salvation.
Who is a True Christian Believer?
Once you answer the question, “What is a Christian,” you have the personal responsibility to ask yourself, “What does this mean to me? Have I rejected or accepted God’s gift?” If you’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation, how has your life changed? Do you have the marks of a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian?
If so, your life will be characterized by love for others and obedience to God’s Word. 1 John 2:4-6 says, “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.
This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
And if you are ready to trust Jesus and become a Christian, believe in Christ and commit the rest of your life to Him. Understand that sin separates you from God (Romans 6:23) and Jesus died as your substitute (Romans 5:8).
You can have faith in Jesus to forgive you and give you eternal life with Him, rather than eternal death. “Repent, and let every one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
If you decided to receive Jesus today, welcome to God’s family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- As Christ commands, undergo baptism.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
It is Jesus himself. Jesus is our goal. To look to him means to love him, to yearn to be with him, to see him as he is, to live in fellowship with him forever.
One day we will see him, you know. We will see him with our eyes. Think about that. For one thing, we will see the Lord Jesus with our eyes.
We will see him and hear him and touch him. And for that, we run. Talk to God and tell Him that you want Him in your life.
Remember, saying a prayer will not save you. You are simply expressing your faith to God through prayer;
Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.