Our Spiritual Eyes

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READ: Philippians 4:8-9

As an OC, I get irritated at times with mess, and I grow tired of too much unwholesome talks. Thank God that by His grace, He has given me eyes which dwell on the positive.

Whenever I see unpleasant or unfavorable situations, I normally get disappointed in a moment, but not after “wearing the eyes” that cool me down and bring me back to my normal adrenalin level. Thanks that these eyes are available whenever I need them.

The problem, though, is that sometimes I turn to be too independent. I forget those eyes, and I depend credulously on my own defective eyesight. The result—my surroundings and I repel, because both of us are “negatively charged.” I see somebody’s irresponsibility, and I get impatient. A brother or sister seems careless and unreasonable, and I become cynical. I glean through an unfulfilled dream, and I get bitter and depressed. Someone is in trouble, and I am too insensitive. Here come discouragement and disappointments.

Either an interpersonal or an intrapersonal conflict is present, simply because the God-given eyes are forgotten and left somewhere else. I have suffered a number of times the consequences of my neglect of these eyes. I treasure the lessons I’ve learned as I am still in the process of learning.

But God is not pleased when we keep on using our own eyes that center on ourselves—what we want and what we expect. Conflicts will be here and there if we won’t make use of the gift God has imparted.

Every Christian is just gifted with spiritual eyes. These eyes, which transcend superficiality and every form of facade, enable us to look not only to our own interests but also to the interest of others (Phil. 2:4).

Are we often caught grumbling as if we were carrying the whole world on our shoulders? Are we quick to detect imperfections, shortcomings and inconsistencies? Do we feel so discouraged and disappointed?

Perhaps we must learn the habit of “wearing our spiritual eyes.” These eyes focus on the positive side of everything and make us thankful under whatever circumstances. They represent the eyes of the Father. Do we look and see with His eyes?

“… Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

– Philippians 4:8

Reality Test

READ: Matt 6:24-34 (NIV)

My husband and I have been serving as missionaries under a non-salaried mission organization. While we raise our own support, we’ve experienced both living in lack and abundance and yet have learned to live a carefree life, with Matthew 6 really sinking in our hearts.

My family of origin, though, couldn’t fully accept our God-given vocation. My sister would often worry about me and ask, “What about going back to real work?… So what about your plans?… Your children? Don’t you have plans for their future?”

What sensible and practical questions that we had never seriously thought of. When I tried to put on my sister’s world view glasses, I actually began to ask myself, “Are we being irresponsible for not even thinking about our children’s future?” We have a seven-year-old daughter and a baby boy who both have a lot of growing needs. “Can we afford to raise them or give them good education?”

Honestly, I was caught unprepared and even a bit upset to answer my sister’s inquiries. I didn’t want to sound spiritual. But at the back of my mind, I know and I am confident of the answer. The first requirement in our calling is to trust God. He’s the Boss! We’ve seen His faithfulness in other people’s lives and in our lives as well. We only have to count His blessings and be faithful to His call. No more question marks…

I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be blessed.
— Psalm 37:25-26