What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“The Eye is Not Satisfied”
On day three of creation I’m sure God had me on His mind while He gathered the waters and called them the seas. He knew how I would stand in awe at the magnificent sight of the waves constantly crashing on the seashore, at the seemingly infinite expanse of water. He was already planning those glorious colors he would use to paint the heavens when the sun would rise over the Atlantic Ocean bringing with it the promise of a new day. Watching the silent gulls as they effortlessly glide just above the water looking for their next meal makes all the worries and troubles of life fade away into nothingness, if only for a little while.
Every time my wife and I plan a vacation or a short getaway my first choice of destination is always the beach. However it doesn’t matter which way we go there are sights of grandeur in all directions. I don’t think anything brings us more physical pleasure than our sight. If God decided to take away all my senses but one I would beg to keep my sight. I’m reminded of Solomon’s words in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes, “the eye is not satisfied with seeing”. Although I’ve seen the sunrise thousands of times I still want to see it again.
As Jesus walked and taught here on earth He used the analogy of sight and blindness many times as a spiritual sense. Although our physical sight seems important, it is our spiritual sight that allows us to understand the good news of Jesus Christ. In John 9:39 we read “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” Jesus had just performed the miracle of giving sight to the man who was blind since birth. As with every miracle He performed, Jesus used it to teach those who were present. First He had to satisfy the disciples’ curiosity as to why the man was blind to begin with. Jesus explained that it isn’t necessarily one’s sin that causes our misfortunes, rather that we are made weak so that God may be glorified by His healing power.
Jesus went on to teach the real lesson of the miracle which He directed to the Pharisees in verse 39. Jesus came as Light to expose the darkness of sin and ignorance to those who have a genuine desire for spiritual sight. But to those conceited in their mortal wisdom, thinking themselves to have divine understanding yet lay undue burdens on the common people, these would be blinded and hearts hardened by the true light of Christ. The same Sun softens wax and hardens clay. The same Son softens humble hearts and hardens hearts that are full of pride.
“Therefore I will look unto the LORD”
As Christians we must endure many difficult circumstance and burdens throughout our lives. Although we are never promised physical comfort here in this world we are instructed where to find strength. In Micah 7:7 we read “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” If we are diligent to focus our eyes on Jesus, through reading His word and in prayer, we will find strength to get through each day. When we keep our eyes focused on Jesus our own troubles seem miniscule, but then we also begin to see not just His face, but what He sees in and around us. Through Jesus’ eyes we see the needs of others around us.
Christ has consecrated each member of the church, His body, for a particular service, and by definition, if Jesus consecrated us then we as individuals are fitted for a specific holy service. Each member of our body then must likewise be consecrated for a specific purpose. In parts 1 and 2 of this series we learned how the tongue and ears compliment each other in service to our Lord. When we add consecration of our eyes to the body, both our physical and spiritual eyes, we begin to better understand how we are fitted together with each member having a specific purpose. It is only with our eyes that we can follow Christ’s command; “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
We must look through Jesus’ eyes to see the harvest, listen for the cries out of the darkness, then speak the good news of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.