Pluck the Eye Out

 “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire…” - Mark 9:47

 What we see with our eyes has an influence upon us. This is why the advertisers know the power of the eye, using massive billboards and television adverts to entice people to buy certain products. The visual influence, especially through movies and television has produced major cultural shifts in society.

 But the enticement that the eye sees is nothing new.

 Eve, in the beginning, saw the forbidden fruit, and found it visually attractive and finally ate it along with Adam. If that apple had looked like a shabby, dried up prune, I wonder whether she would have been so easily enticed.

 King David saw Bathsheba taking a bath. He looked and watched something he should not have seen and it resulted in adultery and the murder of her husband.

 When the devil tempted Jesus he showed him the splendour and glory of the world, which he said he would give him if he bowed down to him.

 Jesus says it is better to get to heaven with impaired vision, but it is better to guard carefully what we look at so that what we see does not lead us to sin and ultimately into hell.  

 Your eyes are an important part of your body, which can, by looking covetously and lustfully, cause you to sin. Pornography has become a stronghold in many lives, leading to lust and breakup of families. Discipline is necessary in what we look at, so fix your eyes firmly on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.

 Dear heavenly Father today I will focus on that which is good, upright and pure and will not allow, by Your help, to look at things that can influence me to go in the wrong direction. I surrender my eyes to you today to see only that which is good and upright in your sight.