THE EYES HAVE IT
When was the last time you looked deeply into someone’s eyes and had them return the gaze into your soul? There are vulnerable settings where a direct gaze can get you in trouble.
How many women have felt violated by the body scan of a passing man’s gaze? How many have felt inspected and found wanting when you walked into some gatherings?
So much of who we are and what we think is leaking out of our eyes.
You can see evil eyes—lustful eyes—shamed eyes—sad eyes. Eyes can change faster than the weather and say something truthful before the mouth opens to tell a lie. There are also loving eyes—hopeful eyes—bright eyes of encouragement and honor.
What do your eyes focus on? Where are you looking? Your eyes are wired to your brain and will always go to the things that you value.
You might look into a field of sheep and see a flock of nameless faces. The shepherd looks and sees individual sheep with unique characteristics and personalities.
You might look in an antique shop window and see a display full of junk. The collector might see a rare treasure and know its history and value.
Jesus noted that eyes are quite capable of offending you. Your own eyes! He crudely suggested plucking out the eye that causes you to sin. If you do not want to go to that extreme, you can always take off your glasses, look at something better or at minimum admit that you have a problem with what you are treasuring in your heart. No-one is willing to actually pluck out their eyes, but are you willing to do anything at all to deal with the issue in your heart?
Is it any wonder that some people always wear sunglasses? I’m not saying you are hiding something if you do, but the jig is up when your eyes tell us what you’re thinking.
Many have dark, dying, disturbed eyes because of what they have seen. It is increasingly difficult to talk sense with someone else if they are filled with light and you darkness. Light and darkness do not get along so well. What fellowship if any can happen in that instance? I know of nothing more grievous than trying to resolve an issue with people who have looked into the darkness and become deeply embittered.
Your eyes are meant to be full of light and life. You can look upon Jesus. You can look for good in the world. You can look for God’s Kingdom. You can be full of light. Great light or great darkness—either way there is greatness inside you.
What do you see when you look at Jesus? Is He not the light that dispels your darkness? You can be filled with that great light.
Tyler Durden says an unforgettable line— “it’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” My question is what do we have to lose?
1. 1. Author Dave Blundell talks about 20% of the world’s population using 80% of its resources, leaving 80% of the population to survive on the remaining 20% of the resources. As a Canadian, how does that make you feel and what can we possibly do to change to world’s distribution of resources (food, fresh water, money, education, etc.)? Where does this kind of change start?
2. 2. During the Cold War with the Soviet Union we were taught about the evils of communism. The early church in the book of Acts were noted for taking care of the poor in their midst by selling off excess, sharing everything they had living with a great sense of unified community. That sounds more like socialism than capitalism. Communism failed and many would say that our system is also failing to care for its citizens. What are some practical ways that you and I could share and help each other in ways similar to the Early Church?
3. 3. Jesus said to store treasures in Heaven. How are you doing that? How do you measure that?
4. 4. What have been your experiences with light and darkness? How have the things you focus on affected your inner condition? How has the treasure in your heart turned into light or darkness of soul?