How Well Do Your Eyes See?
W. Frank Walton
BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES,
BECAUSE THEY SEE" (Matt
13:16). Jesus pronounces the
supreme happiness is seeking
foremost the truth of the gospel.
Faith is the eye of the soul. By faith,
we can see forever.
Also, Simeon rejoiced when he saw baby Jesus in the temple, realizing the Messiah had come. He could die in peace, as he himself said, "for my eyes have seen your salvation: (Luke 2:30). "Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare (J.O. Sanders). How well do we see?
1. Open Eyes. The gospel of God's unfathomable grace in Christ to unworthy sinners is the greatest story ever considered in the heart of man. the apostle Paul's stirring commission was preaching "to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18). Our greatest need is to first realize what our soul's greatest need is. Our greatest problem is sin and God's greatest gift is salvation from the just penalty of our sin.
The centerpiece of God's part in this plan is the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Galatians obeyed the gospel of Christ, "before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified'(Gal 3:1). Paul rebuked them because their focus was being taken off the heart of the pure gospel of Christ (cf 1 Cor 15:1-4).
Staring at someone is often considered bad manners but not in the religion of Christ! We need to run our spiritual race "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith" (Heb 12:1-2). We need to fix our attention on Jesus' supreme value in our lives "to see him more clearly, to love him more dearly and to follow him more nearly."
2. Enlightened Eyes. "The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness" (Matt 6:22-23). In context of laying up heavenly treasures (v. 20), Jesus urges a spiritual eye examination. Our spiritual eye is the window of our soul. If our eye is diseased with materialism or worldly worries (cf Matt 6:19-34), we cannot see what's most valuable. Without clear spiritual perception, we'll blindly stumble into damnation. "Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world" (G.B. Shaw).
Paul prayed "that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe" (Eph 1:18-19). Do we see that we're richer in Christ than a Regis Philbin millionaire? By obedient faith, we have a secure future in heaven, forgiveness from past sins, a present loving family in Christ with a Father's constant care and more! De we see it?
3. Searching Eyes. "Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law" (Psalms 119:18). This should be the prayer of every Bible student. Do we approach the study of Scripture with eager delight and exquisite anticipation? A rich blessing awaits every time we open the Bible reverently, study it deeply, and obey it carefully. Alexander Campbell helped to blaze a trail to restore men to the ideals of New Testament Christianity. He approached his daily 4 a.m. study of the Bible afresh by the text as if he had never read it before. Do We?
The Bible is one book with one unified theme of divine salvation for sinful man. We need an overarching grasp of both God's part and man's part in the scheme of redemption. J.D. Tant observed in 1921 about some Christians with limited, reactionary knowledge: "Never in my life have I found such ignorance of the Bible as I found on this trip. Faith, repentance, baptism, and skin the sects seem to be all they know. At Barnes Creek, with 200 members, I put the question to the entire church: Did God make Abraham or Adam first? They were unable to tell" (J.D. Tant - Texas Preacher, p. 390.)
Lord, give us eyes to see all that matters most in the Bible!