Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 24)
Pluck It Out
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)
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.
Psalm 119:37 (NKJV)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For 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. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
This eye-plucking Order is a whammy. Surely Jesus didn't mean it literally. Or did He? Consider the story of Samson. He had eyes for the ladies and ignored all warnings. Eventually, he lost them both: his eyes and the ladies.
David had an eye for Bathsheba. When the Prophet Nathan confronted David, he repented. Even so, he suffered. So did the nation of Israel. The legacy of a broken family carries consequences.
It started with Eve: 'When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate' (Genesis 3:6).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If a sin-filled eye leads to lust, if lust leads to blindness, then our world is walking in the dark. But remember, lust isn't just about people. It's about food, intoxicants, positions and possessions.
Consider: If your body is a temple, then your eye is a window. If you look on good things, your window stays clean and your temple is light. But if you look on bad things, your window gets dirty and your temple is dark.* Jesus puts it this way:
'The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light' (Matthew 6:22). Therefore, guard your eyes. Don't look on things that are unhealthy, immoral, hateful or vainglorious.**
'Do not enter the path of the wicked and do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on' (Proverbs 4:14-15). 'Let your eyes look straight ahead' (Proverbs 4:25).
Bottom line: Close the catalogue. Change the channel. Stop the shopping. Avoid the tempter. Repeat after David: 'I will set nothing wicked before my eyes' (Psalm 101:3). Soldier's orders.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Lust of the eyes: http://www.gotquestions.org/lust-of-the-eyes.html
** 'The devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve' ' (Matthew 4:8-10).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.