The job of our physical eye is to gather information from the world and transfer the images back into our body.
So did you know that (in Christ) your spiritual eye gathers information from His Spirit and transfers it into your spirit?
Think about how wavelengths of light enter the eye of the body. The image is transmitted to the brain, which then touches the emotions and thoughts of man. Beauty may evoke emotions of excitement, pleasure, or peace. Violence, on the other hand, can stir up thoughts of fear, horror, or anger.
No great surprise, right? Well, the physical properties of our eyes are merely reduplicating the action taken by the eyes of the spirit .
Jesus Himself is no longer in fleshly form (2 Corinthians 5:16). He is now spiritual and sitting at the right hand of the Father (John 4:24; Acts 7:53; Romans 8:34). So when fix our eye on Him, we have the heavenly revealed to us (Hebrews 12:2; Colossians 3:1-2). That revelation passes through our spirits and into our souls, thus stirring our thoughts and emotions with Truth.
So, tell me, do you spend most of your time using your physical eye or do you use your spiritual eye as well?
Here is a simple test to help you decide.
Discover what occupies space in your heart (that place of emotions and thoughts), and then you can easily distinguish which eye you are most adept at using. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
- Do you spend most of your time worrying about your children? Then they are the source of your treasure.
- Do you talk incessantly about your job? “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” (Matthew 12:34)
- Are your thoughts a revolving door of bitterness or anger at a past wrong? If so, then this very thing which eats at you has actually pushed the Lord off the throne of your life and has proclaimed itself king.
When you recognize what is truly occupying your thoughts, use their very presence as a signal to turn your eye toward Christ.
Have an anxious thought about your job or children? It’s time to capture those thoughts and lead them back to Him. This can be as simple as quoting a verse or song of praise. Turn the thoughts themselves into reminders to go to Christ. This is one way to knock down the strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Or try plugging into an audio version of the Word early in the day, before the thoughts have a chance to take main stage.
“For where you treasure is, there will your heart be also. If your (physical) eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. (But how much worse) if the very light in you – your conscience – is darkened, how dense is that darkness!
“No one can serve (focus their sighted attention on) two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon – deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in.” (Matthew 6:21-24 Amplified – parenthesis mine)
What are you thinking about today?