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 power to tame our tongues! This lesson we will be talking about another part of our body that is equally as important as our tongue.
“22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Amazing Eye Facts
- Your eyes are the most complex organs you possess except for your brain.
- Your eyes are composed of more than 2 million working parts.
- The average person blinks 12 times per minute – about 10,000 blinks in an average day
- Your eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour.
- Only 1/6th of your eyeball is exposed to the outside world.
- The external muscles that move the eyes are the strongest muscles 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.
- Your eyes contribute to 85% of your total knowledge.
- Your eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose and your ears never stop growing.
- The eyes are very complex and work very much like a camera.
- 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. When the eye is directed steadily toward an object, and is in health, or is single, everything is clear and plain. But if it flies to different objects and looks at multiple things instead of a singular object, 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 basically saying, for us to have right 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 or 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, your mind, and your 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 our eyes being fixed 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. One might ask, “How can a body of water this small get so rough and bring so much fear to the disciples, as told in the Bible?” 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.
“25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
It is to our loss as Christians, that so many times we forget the simplest teachings of the Scriptures. Peter was able to walk on the water by faith, until he took his eyes off Jesus, looking at the storm’s tempest instead. What a truth! So often we take our eyes off Jesus, because of trouble around us. Maybe we need to deal with rude people, unfair situations, or maybe 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 to 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 situations that are frustrating, or discouraging, maybe even upsetting. In those times we need to remember to keep our eyes focused on Christ. It is quite easy to lose sight of our Christian beliefs, when overshadowed with 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 the 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.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
O soul are you weary and troubled
No light in the darkness you see
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
This song challenges us to turn our eyes upon Jesus. There are a couple of thoughts I want to share with you that keep young people from keeping their eyes on Christ.
1. We tend to focus our eyes on ourselves. 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 the water toward Jesus, but as soon as he 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. We tend to look to the right or left. 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 concerned about what others are or are not doing.
John 21: 19-22
“19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto his, Follow me.
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”
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 basically told Peter; what concern is it of yours what this man does for me? I am asking you to follow me, Peter. Peter’s job was to focus on following Christ. Many times, as young people we are concerned about what everyone else is doing. But Jesus wants us to focus on Him.
3. We tend to set our eyes on the future or worry about the future. Maybe we are worried about what will happen when we graduate. When we worry about the future, we forget what is important in the now.
“34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
In essence, Jesus is saying, “ 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 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. When we do not keep our eyes focused on Christ trouble will come. 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.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
Keep your eyes on Jesus, He is your help, and He will be with you through every good time, every difficult time, and all the time.