We’ve all seen it at weddings, in shopping centers, along street corners….couples looking adoringly into each other eyes. It’s really true, you know. Our eyes are the windows into our souls. If they are windows, however, that means what we take in is as important as what we put out.
Jesus gave us this important lesson when teaching the Sermon on the Mount.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Anything that touches the soul matters A LOT to our Lord. He cautioned His disciples to watch the eyes. It is the hypocrite that looks at others’ eyes and finds fault when there is a “beam” in their own eye. It is a sad soul that keeps their eyes on the temporal things of this earth when eternity awaits.
How many times did Jesus touch the blind eyes and made them see? Do you wonder if He touched their very souls as well? All indications say yes. Christ was constantly lifting up His eyes and saw the multitudes or the plenteous harvest. What do you think aroused in His soul when He allowed Himself to see them? The Scripture says that He was moved with compassion. He wanted to gather them as a mother hen gathers her chicks.
But what of the evil that we allow our eyes to see? How many times have we watched Godly people set their eyes upon evil only to wreak havoc in the human race? The farmer saw his barns full and said he needed to build more rather than seeing that on that night his soul would be required of him. Lot saw the well-watered plains and sought after them instead of looking for the city who’s Builder and Maker was God. Eve saw the tree. Abraham saw Hagar. Jacob saw the chance to get someone else’s birthright. David saw Bathsheba. Peter saw the look of Christ after his betrayal.
Throughout Scripture, we are told to guard our eyes. Is it any different in the 21st century? Are we so blind that we don’t understand? What we look upon becomes part of our very soul. No wonder pornography is rampant. No wonder violence is increasing. No wonder our culture has done that which is right in their own eyes!
It is our privilege to follow the Scripture when it says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Such compliance will salvage our souls and we will once again be able to look adoringly in the face of our Savior.