Self-Examination 2020: Eyes, Double Vision
When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:6-8 (NIV)
Purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 (NIV)
Double vision causes double trouble. When two eyes should be working together, a breakup causes hard repercussions.
In the physical realm of clear vision, the brain receives divided messages. In the spiritual realm of the heart, the Lord intends no divisions at all.
'The two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh' (Mark 10:8).
'And you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength' (Mark 12:30).
'For the Lord your God... is a jealous God' (Deuteronomy 6:15.)
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider two spiritual risks of eyes without unified focus:
1) Don't set your sights on other people or compare yourselves to worldly stars. If you do, your goal posts will vanish while you're chasing phantoms down the field.
Your silly moves will be forgotten and no points will post on God's scoreboard. Instead, run for the ultimate Goal and claim the Prize that lasts forever.
2) Don't divide your eyes between Jesus and the same world that crucified Him. Don't divide your heart between true love and Siren songs of lying lusts.
Cover to cover in the Book of books, God disowns double eyes and half-hearts. Instead, focus on the only King and claim His undying fulfillment.
## Self-Examination 2020: Eyes, Double Vision (Part 10)
NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2020 series.