No Sideways Glances

Last week in church, the sharp, twenty-something worship leader pulled out an oldie-goldie… a song I cut my teeth on as a kid growing up in church. The song was “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” We sang the words, “Look full in His wonderful face,” and they just resonated in my heart.

I realized that when it comes to Jesus, I don’t have to hang my head in shame because He has forgiven my past. I can “look full in His wonderful face.”

I realized that He doesn’t want me to just cast Him a sideways glance occasionally, but He genuinely wants me to slow down and “Look full in His wonderful face” so that we can spend time together.

Full… unashamed… unhurried… unobstructed… not fearful… not worried… not distracted.

Full… straight on… eye-to-eye… loved… appreciated… desired.

He doesn’t want me to look away. He wants me to see Him… and He wants to see me. How great is that? To be loved so deeply that He wants me to look full in His wonderful face?!

And His truly is a wonderful face to look into! A face full of grace… full of forgiveness… full of love… full of power… full of healing… full of joy… full of peace… and so much more.

Today, look full in His wonderful face… “and the things of earth, will grow strangely dim, in the light of of His glory and grace.”


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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