If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body is thrown into hell.

Matthew 5: 29

All people have a right eye. For most of us it is an organ that functions to varying degrees of efficiency and effectiveness to provide us with a visual image of our world. Yet for others, it is either disabled or does not even exist. Still, the right eyed view of the world that Jesus is talking about is one that we all possess. It is that perspective that sees everything with a view toward our own satisfaction and enjoyment. It values power, and it covets after the unobtainable. This right eye can dominate even the most committed of followers of Christ if we allow it to have free reign in our hearts. It leads us into unrighteous anger as it builds up energy in our minds and our hearts that is fueled by our fleshly concepts of personal rights. It sees the sin in our brothers and sisters, and it shows us exactly how that sin is directed at our most vulnerable points.

This right eye is something that we are all doomed to carry with us for the remainder of our earthly life. Also, in the seemingly contradictory manner that God so enjoys, its active presence is a source of great blessing and peace. In my experience of life, it is a truly rare person who does not see things from this right-eyed point of view from time to time. For me personally, I am sorry and saddened to admit that it takes over control of my thinking and of my feelings far too frequently. I don’t even need to be wrong in my thinking for my right eye to impose its sinful will upon me. That is the problem. The sin that is still present in my flesh and the distorted thinking that it brings out in my mind tends to lie very close to the surface of my daily life. It can rapidly take over and dominate my appraisal of situations and my thoughts about other people.

Yet, herein lies the blessing. For Christ knows us humans very well. He understands that this sort of thing, this right-eyed and sin-distorted view of life, plagues us all. So, in response to this common failing, Christ tells us to come to Him. He says that we can trust in His goodness and His love to lead us through a life that is always going to bring challenge, strife, and struggle into our paths. We can cast off the false safety and the uncertain security of our old way of assessing the environment where we live. We can choose to dwell in the peace and the solid security of God’s Word and the truth about life and regarding other people that Christ’s Spirit reveals to us. When this right-eyed vision starts to impose itself, it is apparent; for, the chaos and the death that is found in that ancient garbage heap of Gehenna will try to impose itself on life. Yet, Christ leads us through these times, and He brings us into the light and the grace-filled community of His presence. 

“I will feed my flock and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God.

Ezekiel 34: 15

 

No matter how far we may have wandered and regardless of the cause of our misfortune God always comes looking for us. The needs that we have are more real to Him than they are even to us. The Lord knows the state of our hearts, and He feels the anxiety of our minds. Christ knows us from the inside, and He understands the nature and the substance of our needs intimately. I have found amazing relief from stress in simply recognizing this fact; simply turning to God with the overwhelming challenge of the moment and resting on the truth that for all of history He has consistently met the needs of His children, and throughout my own history, the same has been true for me.

 

Through my relationship with Christ, I have found an imperishable source of food for my soul, and I have a real and tangible place to put my feet. I know that God’s truths and His perspective will always be the same and that they are correct in every circumstance. Even when I go off onto the worst of tangents and try to create my own, alternate truths, Jesus brings me back to His safe and loving place of rest and restoration.

 

Christ calls to everyone, for He seeks to be the One who cares for the souls and for the life-needs of all people. For those who have accepted that call, He is the absolute provider. All of life becomes a part of Christ’s calling for us. There is nothing that is unimportant to Him; so, He will give us all of the resources that we need to fulfill every aspect of His will. This is a proven, true fact; turn toward God, give the cares and the concerns of the moment to Him, listen to His voice, and He will provide what you need by leading you to His answers and by allowing you to rest safely under the watch of His loving and protective eyes.