And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11
Consider the last few days in this month of December. Lots of people are talking about “holidays” and Christmas. Many people appear to worship Christmas instead of worshiping Christ. It is an easy thing to do. There are holiday parties, travel to grandparents, gift exchanges and more. I enjoy the holiday decorations, lights and nativity scenes we see all over the place. The movie industry, commercial sales industry, and society as a whole are celebrating. But, it is clear they are celebrating something other than the events in the Bible. The busyness of Christmas can give us blurry vision.
When the wise men saw baby Jesus they kneeled down to worship Him. They did not loose sight as to why He was here and what Jesus was doing on the earth. Just like when the cold temperatures outside and the warm temperatures on the inside causes the windows to fog up sometimes, we can have a hard time seeing Christmas for what it really is. There is such a disparity in the perceived “reasons for the season” in the world today.
Pray and ask the Lord to help you not loose sight or have blurry vision during this holiday season. With all the busyness and possible distractions of this season, take some time to kneel in prayer, thanking and praising God for His Son and our Savoir Jesus, the Christ.
Starvation. Hunger. Disease. Devastation. Death. Jeremiah’s heart was broke. As he was looking around at the war-ravaged city of Jerusalem he saw pain, sorrow and suffering. His eyes perceived the damage the Babylonian siege had caused. His heart was impacted by what he saw visually with his eyes. It is against this background we have this verse: Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city. (Lamentations 3:51)
In the middle of Jeremiah’s lamentation, he shares a universal truth that can be applied to every area of life. IF you are blessed with eyesight, the application of this verse can change your life.
What we look at impacts our heart. What we gaze upon influences our brain. What we stare at informs our decisions. The human eye can be the window of the heart. Here are several examples:
If I constantly “window shop” my heart will grow discontent with what I do not have – yet.
If I continually scroll through Amazon, my heart will desires things I may never truly need.
If a look at a beautiful person is nurtured and cuddled in my mind, it could become lust in my heart. Longing for someone that does not “belong” to us is sin – according to Jesus.
If I watch lots of TV or are constantly online, my eyes will see thousands of commercials that are designed to “pull at my heart strings” to cause me to buy their product. I tend to chuckle when I see doctor commercials: “Get sick so you can see me.” Or funeral home ads: “If you die, we can help!”
Media studies suggest that Americans see between 4,000 and 10,000 ads each day. (redcrowmarketing.com) “Mine eye affected mine heart” is a truth believed by advertising agencies. They have believed it for years.
Have you ever become hungry after seeing a commercial for a restaurant, soda, or chocolate? It could be be after all your meals for the day, but the impact of the eye affects your heart – and your stomach.
What are you looking at? Who are you looking to? Where you keep your eyes focused is eventually where your heart will lead you. That is why it is paramount to keep your eyes on Jesus. As Hebrews 12:2 says, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Keep you focus on Jesus.
Do you find yourself unsatisfied in life? Look to Jesus.
Do you find yourself “wanting more” things this world offers? Get your eyes off the stuff and look to Jesus.
Do you find yourself without direction and purpose? Stop looking at the wrong things and get your eyes on Jesus.
Let what you look at impact your heart to cause a better view of Jesus. Clean up the windowsill of your heart. Guard your eyes. Be disciplined with the TV. Direct the eyes of your kids. Set Jesus in the window of your life (your eyes) and let your heart follow Him.