Two things happened in the last few days that got me to thinking about something Jesus said about our eyes. The first event was going to one of my grandsons baseball games this past Saturday. Sitting in the stands listening primarily to parents and grandparents about their child at bat. Most of the time it seemed to me that they were hesitating to swing when they should have been swinging, but it was interesting that each time they held back the parent or grandparent would yell, “Good eye, Son, Good eye.” If the umpire agreed with them that the pitch was off a bit they were even more enthusiastic about their cry of “Good eye.” The other event was to have cataract surgery yesterday. Today I’m trying to adjust to having one eye improved and the other eye still waiting for the surgery. With most things, if I’m going to get anything like a clear view it will be necessary to close one eye and look at it through the one that is open. Otherwise it is a very confusing picture. Instead of the two eyes giving a blurred vision I close one and get clear vision.
When trying to read something in the Bible I couldn’t focus without shutting one eye. Here is the verse that came to mind. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, you whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Imagine what it would have been like during that day to have one eye very far sighted and the other very near sighted. Or what if you had some form of stigmatism that kept you from being able to focus on the things you wished to see. Since there weren’t any eye doctors down the road to go to see and get glasses to correct the problems in your vision you just had to learn to live with the problem.
Look at the things Jesus was talking about when this whole thing about one’s eyes came up. Jesus had just been talking about not laying up your treasures on this earth but to lay them up in heaven. He said when we lay them up on this earth, moth and rust corrupt and thieves break through and steal the treasures. But if we lay the treasures up in heaven neither moth nor rust corrupt and thieves cannot break through and steal them. This was the section just before the section about the eyes. The section that followed said, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
I don’t know that I would ever have made the connection to money from what Jesus said about the eyes but it is clear when you look at the whole passage together that it was on the theme of money and treasures that He was talking.
We can very easily become too focused on treasures down here and spend our lives looking for ways to store up what we have. When we do so we stop being the one God calls us to be, we stop focusing on heaven and it’s wonder and start trying to stay here on earth as long as possible and to lay up as much treasure as we possibly can. Our life centers on material goods and money. The biggest question in life is about our net worth rather than our spiritual worth. We may feel secure in the world, but we are as insecure in the life to come. To face death and eternity becomes a scary thing. We’ve been too busy putting up stuff down here to think of what we are sending ahead until it is too late to make the change needed. Sure enough our eyes are out of focus and we are in trouble.