“Spiritual Optometry” 8

What’s the Biblical link between your eyes and your heart? Do you suffer from spiritual near-sightedness, far-sightedness, hardened vision, or straying vision? Jeff gives you food for thought to help you check your “spiritual vision.”


Shownotes

  • There’s a Biblical connection between seeing and understanding with the heart
  • Jeff goes over common vision problems, and uses each one as a metaphor for a spiritual condition of the heart
    • Spiritual near-sightedness  (7:15)
      • Someone who tends to be selfish and worried only about what happens in the immediate future
    • Spiritual far-sightedness (12:00)
      • Someone who gives to others without providing for who’s closest to them
      • Sees the down the road vision but forgets about the people right in front of them
      • Worried about future success rather than immediate responsibility
      • A men’s problem more than a women’s problem? What do you think?
      • Goes beyond the teachings of Christ in the name of progress
        • 2 John:9 “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teachings of Christ does not have God”
    • “PresbyopiaHardened vision (18:29)
      • When the eye loses its ability to change shape
      • When one is not pliable in the hands of God
      • What’s the opposite of hate? (20:07)
      • 1 John 3:17— “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
      • 1 Corinthians 9—“Thought I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible…”
      • We need to be flexible without sinning
    • Strabismus— “Straying vision” (23:10)
      • Can’t focus on the intended object…straying eyes means a straying heart
      • This person has one eye on the world, and one eye on Jesus, resulting in confusion of life
      • Matthew 6:25- “No one can serve two masters…”
      • Proverbs 4:25- “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you
      • Psalm 25:15: “My eyes are ever toward the LORD”
      • Psalm 141:8 “But my eyes are toward thee, O LORD God; in thee I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!”
      • Hebrews 12:2 “Look to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
  • What do we do once we have our diagnosis? (27:25)
  • What do we have to look forward to? Read Ephesians 1:18 to find out. (29:30)

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