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October 5, 2020


Single Minded

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-24)

In our focal verse for today let’s consider the effects of a “good” eye. The word “good” means “healthy, clear and focused on one object.” When the eye is good, it will bring light to the whole body.

In today’s current culture we are faced with many distractions. We have a pandemic with many uncertainties. Our economy seems to be at the edge of crashing any day. We have racial tension and political divisions that fill the news casts and flood social media. All these things taken together can distract Christians from our main purpose and our spiritual eyes become unhealthy. I think the following quote from Winston Churchill is fitting for today: “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog who barks.”

Throwing a rock at every barking dog is like trying to find a specific solution to every problem you encounter on the news, on social media, or in any conversation. This can get us distracted and cause our eye to become cloudy and out-of-focus. Let’s remember to keep our eyes focused on Christ, His work on the cross, and His calling on our lives. Only then will we begin to see light overtake the darkness and we realize the barking dogs are on a leash being constrained by the One we call Master.

Question: Are you caught up trying to solve every problem rather than focusing your attention on the One who has all the answers?

Challenge: Memorize Hebrews 12:2, “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.”

Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom in giving the right amount of attention to problems I encounter but then always have You alone in my focus.

Chris Hail, Chapel Leader -- Jackson Generals



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