In our last lesson, we learned that our tongue could be very destructive if we do not learn to control it. Thank God, He can give us the power to tame our tongues! This lesson will talk about another part of our body that is equally as important as our tongue.
Mateo 6: 22-23
“22 La luz del cuerpo es el ojo; por tanto, si tu ojo es bueno, todo tu cuerpo estará lleno de luz.
23 Pero si tu ojo es maligno, todo tu cuerpo estará en tinieblas. Por tanto, si la luz que hay en ti es oscuridad, ¡cuán grande es esa oscuridad!
Hechos asombrosos sobre los ojos
- Tus ojos son los órganos más complejos que posees excepto tu cerebro.
- Sus ojos están compuestos por más de 2 millones de partes funcionales.
- The average person blinks 12 times per minute – about 10,000 blinks in an average day.
- Sus ojos pueden procesar 36.000 bits de información cada hora.
- Solo 1/6 de su globo ocular está expuesto al mundo exterior.
- The external muscles that move the eyes are the strongest in the human body for the job that they need to do.
- The eye is the only part of the human body that can function at 100% ability any time, day or night, without rest.
- Tus ojos contribuyen al 85% de tu conocimiento total.
- Tus ojos son siempre del mismo tamaño desde que naces, pero tu nariz y tus orejas nunca dejan de crecer.
- Los ojos son muy complejos y funcionan como una cámara.
- The human eye is remarkable. It accommodates to changing lighting conditions and focuses light rays originating from various distances from the eye. When all the components of the eye function properly, light is converted to impulses and conveyed to the brain, where an image is perceived.
In Mathew 6:22-23, Jesus describes the duty of fixing our affections on heavenly things. Everything is clear and plain when healthy eyes are directed steadily toward an object in single focus. But if it flies to different objects and looks at multiple things instead of a singular entity, it does not see clearly. The eye regulates the motion of the body. To have an object distinctly in view is necessary to correct and regulate action. Think about this, if a man is crossing a stream on a log and looks across the stream at some object steadily, he will be in little danger because he clearly sees where he is going. But, if he looks down on the running waters or to the right of himself, he will become dizzy and unstable on the log. This is because he is not focused on where he is going. In Mathew 6: 22-23, Jesus is saying, for us to have the proper conduct or be a good Christian, we must have our eyes fixed on Him. “Thy whole body shall be full of light” means our conduct will be regular and steady conduct of a Christian. The word “light,” in Mathew 6:22-23, signifies “the mind,” or principles of the deeper soul of our soul and mind. In short, Jesus told those He spoke to, if you keep your mind focused on the right direction, you will be full of light, or full of God’s light for your life. But if you turn your eye toward the evil things of this world, it will affect your body, mind, and soul, and you will become dark. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus.
We have discussed Mathew 6:22-23 and the importance of fixing our eyes on Jesus. Now let us look at a story in the Bible found in Matthew 14:25-33. The story deals with the raging storms on the Sea of Galilee.
The Sea of Galilee, by all standards, is small in size. It is 13 miles long, 8 1/2 miles at its widest point, and has a maximum depth of 150 feet. As told in the Bible, one might ask, “How can a body of water this small get so rough and bring so much fear to the disciples?” The answer is the shallow depth, combined with the wind currents in that area, make quite a storm. When the winds blow hard over the sea, the water rocks back and forth, causing rough waves. It acts in the same principle as holding a shallow pan of water in your hands and tipping it from side to side. Thus, the constant high wind over the sea rocks the water back and forth.
Mateo 14: 25-33
“25 Y a la cuarta vigilia de la noche, Jesús se acercó a ellos andando sobre el mar.
26 Y cuando los discípulos lo vieron caminar sobre el mar, se turbaron, diciendo: Es un espíritu; y gritaron de miedo.
27 Pero enseguida Jesús les habló, diciendo: Tened ánimo; esto soy yo; No tengas miedo.
28 Entonces Pedro le respondió y dijo: Señor, si eres tú, manda que vaya a ti sobre las aguas.
29 Y él dijo: Ven. Y cuando Pedro bajó del barco, caminó sobre el agua para ir a Jesús.
30 Pero cuando vio el viento fuerte, tuvo miedo; y comenzando a hundirse, clamó, diciendo: Señor, sálvame.
31 E inmediatamente Jesús, extendiendo su mano, lo agarró y le dijo: Hombre de poca fe, ¿por qué dudaste?
32 Y cuando entraron en el barco, cesó el viento.
33 Entonces vinieron los que estaban en el barco y le adoraron, diciendo: En verdad tú eres el Hijo de Dios ”.
It is to our loss as Christians that we often forget the simplest teachings of the Scriptures. Peter could walk on water by faith until he took his eyes off Jesus, looking at the storm’s tempest instead. What a truth! So often, take our eyes off Jesus because of trouble around us. Maybe we need to deal with rude people, unfair situations, or we didn’t do well on a test at school. If we keep our eyes on Christ, we will be able to go through the trial with the right attitude, the right mindset, and positive thinking. But when we take our eyes off Christ, it leads to trouble.
Are you familiar with the sport of horse racing? Here in America people race, horses for sport. Do you know it is customary before the race to put blinders on the horse? The purpose of this is so the horses will not see each other. Horses with blinders will not look to the right or the left. So, when the horses race around the track, all the horses see is what is in front, not each other. As a young person, you will find yourself in frustrating, discouraging, and maybe even upsetting situations. We need to remember to keep our eyes focused on Christ in those times. It is pretty easy to lose sight of our Christian beliefs when overshadowed by adversity and grief. Life can be overwhelming at times. There can be troubles and problems; we all go through this. The account of Peter walking on water to Jesus is a lesson that we should never lose sight of. When we focus our thoughts upon the divine Truths of God’s Word, we can withstand all the attacks Satan puts in front of us. The devil is trying to get us to look to the right or the left. The devil’s goal is to distract us, so we take our eyes off Christ.
Vuelve tus ojos a Jesús
Oh alma, estás cansada y angustiada
No hay luz en la oscuridad que ves
Hay luz para ver al Salvador
Y la vida mas abundante y libre
Vuelve tus ojos a Jesús
Mira de lleno en Su rostro maravilloso
Y las cosas de la tierra se oscurecerán extrañamente
A la luz de su gloria y gracia
This song challenges us to turn our eyes upon Jesus. I want to share a couple of thoughts with you that keep young people from keeping their eyes on Christ.
1. Tendemos a enfocar nuestros ojos en nosotros mismos. It is easy to spend much of our time analyzing our feelings. We ask ourselves questions like, “Am I happy?”, “Am I fulfilled?”, “Am I doing well or poorly?”. Remember when Peter stepped out of the boat, while he kept his eyes on Christ, he could walk on water toward Jesus, but as soon as Peter looked at the waves or the trouble, he started to sink. We need to look outward toward the things of God and not inward toward ourselves all the time
2. Tendemos a mirar hacia la derecha o hacia la izquierda. Meaning we tend to look at other people and start asking, “I wonder what they are doing about Christ?”. As an example, Maybe Peter looks around and says, “I wonder what Emily is doing with God? “or “I wonder what Sharon is doing with God?”, or “What about Jerimiah? I wonder what he is doing?” God wants us to keep our focus on Him. We need to be concerned about what God is doing in our lives and not so worried about what others are or are not doing.
Juan 21: 19-22
“19 Esto dijo, dando a entender con qué muerte debía glorificar a Dios. Y cuando hubo dicho esto, dijo a los suyos: Síganme.
20 Entonces Pedro, volviéndose, vio que lo seguía el discípulo a quien Jesús amaba; el cual también se reclinó sobre su pecho durante la cena, y dijo: Señor, ¿cuál es el que te entrega?
21 Pedro, viéndolo, dijo a Jesús: Señor, ¿qué hará este?
22 Jesús le dijo: Si quiero que se quede hasta que yo venga, ¿qué te importa? sígueme. "
Notice here, in John 2:19-22, the conversation with Peter and Jesus. Jesus asked Peter to follow Him, but Peter looked at another and asked Jesus, “what shall this man do?” Jesus told Peter, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?” Jesus told Peter; what concern is it of yours what this man does for me? I am asking tú to follow me, Peter. Peter’s job was to focus on following Christ. As young people, we are often concerned about what everyone else is doing. But Jesus wants us to focus on Him.
3. Tendemos a poner nuestros ojos en el futuro o preocuparnos por el futuro. Tal vez estemos preocupados por lo que sucederá cuando nos graduemos. Cuando nos preocupamos por el futuro, olvidamos lo que es importante en el ahora.
“34 No os preocupéis, pues, del mañana, porque el mañana se preocupará por sí mismo. Suficiente hasta el día es su maldad ".
In essence, Jesus says, “do not worry about tomorrow because it will take care of itself.” We need to focus on what God wants us to be looking at today and do what we know is right today. Today if we are doing what is right, meaning: we are honest, we are not stealing, not cheating, not lying to our parents or others, we are doing our homework, we are doing our best in school, and we are working hard, focused on what we are doing today, tomorrow will work itself out.
What are you looking at? Your friends? Things of the world? Jesus is challenging us to keep focused on Him through every decision and challenge we face in life. Trouble will come when we do not keep our eyes focused on Christ. So, turn your eyes upon Jesus, and look full in His wonderful face; the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. So, I challenge you to keep your eyes upon God, and He will continue to strengthen and help you as you go forward through life.
Salmos 121: 2
“Alzaré mis ojos a los montes, de donde viene mi ayuda.
2 Mi ayuda viene del Señor, que hizo los cielos y la tierra ”.
Mantén tus ojos en Jesús, Él es tu ayuda y estará contigo en todo momento bueno, en todo momento difícil y en todo momento.