The danger of focusing on anyone or anything while running a race (1Cor.9:24, Heb.12:1) is that your acceleration will vary depending on the mood of the person. If it is the case of having an object in view, the absence of it, may cause you to discontinue the race.
There is a beautiful story of faith and unbelief illustrated with Jesus and His disciples in Matt.14:22-36 (also in Mark 6.45-56, John 6:16-24). The outright authority, supremacy and sovereignty of Jesus Christ over all things, including the sea, is seen when He walked on the sea (Matthew 14:22-36). A supernatural occurrence took place, recorded in history for all to see and hear.
Every believer who looks to Jesus should be encouraged and fully understand that there is nothing impossible with God. With Him all things are possible (Matt.19:26). He has total dominion over the created earth. All things are under His control. Trials, tribulations and a cocktail of circumstances are thrown at believers to make them shift their gaze from Jesus Christ, to the problem or situation. The earth and its resources are at the Lord’s disposal to shape us and mold us into what He wants us to be. The waves, wind and storms are all stilled at the command of the Lord (Psalm 93:4).
When Peter looked at Jesus, he had the power to walk on the sea. The moment he looked away, he started to sink and drown… There is a huge lesson to learn here: HAVE FAITH IN JESUS. Let your faith and hope be upon Christ alone. He is strength in every weakness, even when we are about to fall, His angels “will bear us up, lest we dash our feet against a stone.” (Psalm 91:12, Luke 4:11).
There is no fear when Jesus has given you the command and authority to do something. There is no reason to be afraid when it is at the Lord’s command. Just do it!!! Every believer has been given the authority to do even greater works on earth than Jesus has done according to (John 14:12).