For the Father up above is looking down with love, so be careful little eyes what you see.
Our eyes are our most important sense organs. We perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of sight. And if other senses such as taste or smell stop working, it is the eyes that best protect us from danger. (from Heath+Prevention article on ZEISS)
My two main points will both be from Matthew.
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.”
What we do and what we see has a great influence on the direction of our hearts and the hearts of others. If you ever read about sight and vision, you would learn that the sensory of sight is when light reflects off shapes and objects and the eyes then focus the light. Signals are sent to the brain and become images. Vision is how the mind interprets the images. So sight allows us to see things and vision understand what we are seeing.
What we see, teaches us how to live. Others that we come in contact with see who we are by how we are living. Our children grasp an understanding of how life is and should be lived by watching us. The cycle continues.
The two mentioned verses remind us that we are to be an example to others by the way that we live, so that they, too, can come to know God. The only way to do this is to understand the next verse, that if the lamp to the body is the eye, then we need to be careful of what we are looking at.
Proverbs 7:2 “Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.”
Yes, this is written in the Bible and in many more places than just here. The ‘apple of your eye’ phrase means to keep something or someone cherished above others. We are asked to keep His commandments first and to cherish it above all.
This begins it all.
Our eyes, our vision, influences the direction of our hearts. What we see determines how we choose to live and in return, how we choose to spend eternity. Just like the quote I mentioned in my prior post, “Watch your thoughts… for what you think you become.”
Jeremiah said “My eyes bring suffering to my soul.” Lamentations 3:51a What we see and what our children see, affects our hearts.
The only way to be an example for others ‘watching’ us is to be careful ourselves of what we are allowing our eyes to see. As we follow the commands of God, guarding our hearts, we remain faithful and a good example. 1 Timothy 4:12 and Philippians 1:27. Our conduct should be worthy of the gospel.
“Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
To keep your heart is to value and protect your mind. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
If we are thinking on these things, we are being mindful of them, which guards us from allowing satan to work. If we are mindful of the things we watch on tv, look at on the internet, or even the way we look at the opposite sex daily, we will make better choices. One good choice leads to another.
Psalm 101:3, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”
What if the ‘problem’ isn’t what you are looking at but how much time is spent looking at even the pure things. All video games are not bad. Watching tv is not always bad. Social media is not a sin. Reading a book or a magazine or whatever it may be is not all bad but how much of our time is spent doing these things can slowly steer us away from guarding our hearts or being used as a light for God.
When we profess to knowing Jesus, we are set apart and different from the world. We are not meant to be perfect and in no way am I saying we will be perfect. We are all sinners and fall short, but we are to do more than just sit complacently. We are to genuinely have a change of heart so that our actions prove our faithfulness. We have to be careful, or as Luke 11:35 says, “Take heed, that the light that is in you is not darkness.”
Overcome evil by becoming more like Him. Set you eyes on things above and not on this earth, Col 3:2. Follow His commands and shine your light so that others may come to know and glorify Him. Train up your children by your example.
You can do this. I can do this. By Him, we can have a transformation of our heart. Honor God with your eyes, for He is looking down on us with His love.