Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 13)
Eyes: Eye Candy
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable...
Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)
All that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:16 (NKJV)
The devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
Matthew 4:8 (NKJV)
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:29 (NKJV)*
Eye candy is a modern-day slang term. It refers to superficial beauty, where someone or something catches our eye because of its appealing appearance. But underneath the engaging image is an ugly gotcha straight from Satan.
The world merchandises phony facades: cosmetic re-do's, injected faces, freakishly white teeth, re-sculpted bodies, photo-shopped models, synthetic clothing, simulated lives, fabricated stars, paper credentials, artificial foods, flavor enhancers, virtual friendships, beauty in bottles, love in quick kisses, hope in lying words, faith in false visions, joy in purchases, peace in laying low, safety in assets, power in numbers, church in big buildings--and entertainment.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Satan is also called 'The tempter' (Matthew 4:3), and eye candy is his specialty. He has examined your weaknesses and he's all about make-believe shows. Hollywood likes make-believe shows, too, but their stars are honest about it. And honesty about pretenses is better than pretend religion--which is surely the worst show of all.
Therein consider two action plans:
1. Jesus said to avoid temptation, so avoid the candies you most crave. Don't look, click, go, touch, bite, sign or buy. Whatever entices you to lust, avoid it like the bubonic plague--no matter how pretty it's packaged.
2. On the stages of entertainment, beauty and truth become One in you. Be the church outsiders haven't seen. Model Christ for every seeking heart. Eye candy and sweet tarts fall away when Jesus steps up to the table.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Did Jesus mean we should literally pluck out our eyes and cut off our hands in Matthew 5:29-30 and 18:8-9? https://www.gotquestions.org/pluck-out-eye-cut-off-hand.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.