The children were each in their own world. Some were talking. Others were playing games. A couple of others were picking at each other. The noise level had steadily increased several decibels over the last few minutes. All of the sudden, the teacher’s voice could be heard over everything else, “One, two, three, eyes on me!” In a split second, the children responded, almost in unison, “One, two, look’n at you!” The games stopped. The talking ceased and all eyes were on the teacher. As an observer, I was in awe of the command the teacher had over a group of second graders. It was incredible!
The teacher was my wife Becky. I knew she was an amazing teacher, and I knew she was totally dedicated to helping those kids learn English as a second language; however, I had never watched her in action. What I saw in the classroom that day was an amazing ability to get the attention of twenty-seven second graders in a matter of seconds.
I think Christians are sometimes a lot like second graders. We get so busy doing our religious things in our different circles we lose contact with the One who called us to follow Him. The “noise” of our activities and conversations gets so loud we are no longer in tune with the Lord. It is at these moments we need to hear God say to us, “One, two three, eyes on me!”
The children in my wife’s class knew who was speaking to them, and they knew how they were supposed to respond. To an observer it may have appeared to be a game, but to my wife it was critically important. She knew how important it was to get the attention of the children, and to keep control of the classroom. Almost instinctively, she knew when and how to get their attention.
The same is true with God. He knows when our lives are getting out of control and He knows how to get our attention. He does not need our attention, but He wants it, and expects it. In contrast, we desperately need to put our eyes on Him. We need to give Him our undivided attention in order to hear what He is saying, and know where He is leading.
According to the writer of Hebrews, if we hope to “run the race set before us” we must fix our eyes on Jesus, “the author and perfecter of faith . . .” (Hebrews 12:2 NASB). There is an old Gospel song that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
How does God get your attention? When was the last time He used something in your life to say, “One, two, three … eyes on me?” For Simon Peter, it was the crowing of the rooster (John 18:27). For Thomas, it was the sight of the nail prints in Jesus’ hands (John 20:27-28). For Elijah, it was the “still small voice” (I Kings 19:13). For Paul, it was a blinding light on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:3). God wants our undivided attention! One way or another, and sooner or later, He will get it!
Does God have your full attention right now? What will it take for you to hear God say, “One, two, three . . . eyes on me”? In other words, what needs to take place in your life to bring you into an awareness of God’s glory?