The devil is a thief and he is after people’s spiritual eyesight.
Two key areas effecting spiritual eyesight:
1. Unbelievers kept from seeing the glory of Christ.
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4
Unbelievers are kept from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. Are believers blinded by the enemy as well?
2. Believers kept from renewing their mind.
Believers must allow God to renew their mind by the word of God, failing which, believers start to conform to the pattern of this world and walk in deception.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2
Old life to new life:
When we come to Christ, we exchange our old life to His new life.
Old Life – We think we were our own master. But the Devil was our Master. We did what the Devil prompted us to do.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” – Ephesians 2:1-3
New Life – We don’t think that we are our own master. We know we belong to Christ, who died for us and bought us with His blood. We do what Christ prompts us to do.
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
But many believers are still blinded and do not make Christ the Lord of their life and continue to live a life that is not God-centred. We must ask God for our spiritual eyes to be opened to see the truth clearly and live accordingly. There is something beautiful about what we see, what we understand and get convicted based on what we see.
I am convinced that, if we see as God sees, we will do as God says. I am convinced that the only reason why we have a hard time obeying God, is because we do not see as God sees.
There are two conditions of your mind’s eyesight:
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy (single), your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” – Matthew 6:22-23
1. Healthy (Single, Good, Sound)
It means – Not just see clearly, but train to focus on what truly matters.
When Jesus says, if your eye is single, it is not just about what you see, but about what you train your eyes to focus on to see. He is talking about what you aim at, shoot for when you see. If your eye is single-mindedly aimed at what matters, that means focused on that one thing that you should be focusing on and see, then your whole human existence will be full of meaning and purpose and enlightenment.
2. Bad (Evil)
It means – distracted with seeing too many things.
But if your eye is bad, that means it is not that you cannot see clearly, but you are distracted with seeing too many things. The whole body is full of darkness meaning, living meaningless lives.
Key message from Matthew 6
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
Seek first – same as having a single eye
Seek first the Kingdom of God – thats what you aim for, shoot at, focus on. When you pursue the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, You train your eyes to see what you must focus on, aim at and shoot for, and suddenly your whole human existence has meaning, purpose and enlightenment.
What are you seeking?
What are you Pursuing?
What are you Preoccupied with?
What are you Passionate about?
All of the above depends on what you see! Jesus is not talking about your generic seeing. Jesus is talking about your purpose, pursuit, preoccupation and passion in life. In other words your goals and your objectives in life.
How do I know if my spiritual eyesight is healthy or bad?
1. By Your choice of where you want to store your treasures.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
2. By your choice of which master you will serve.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matthew 6:24
If you have your spiritual eyes opened, you will choose to serve God as your Master and work towards storing up treasures in heaven.
Stop wasting your life and stop storing treasures on earth…
– the fleeting pleasures of this world doesn’t satisfy
– the materialistic temporal possessions of this world doesn’t last
– the prestige of life and applause of men and the significance of life is nothing in eternity
Start using your daily life for something eternal and worthwhile…
– you will gladly sacrifice your comfort
– you will wholeheartedly use your possessions to store treasures in heaven by using it to reach lost souls
– you will use all your position, power and societal influence for the glory of God in saving souls for His Kingdom
Read about Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:4-11 and about Moses in Hebrews 11:24-27. Both their eyes had been opened to a greater reality than the temporal world. Reflect and examine your life and make Christ the Lord (Master and King) of your lives.
Who is truly the master of your life? Is your spiritual eyes healthy?