So we fix our eyes not on what is seen – 2 Cor 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Eyes on the task

Eyes on the task

In Northern India, rural farmers often blind fold their oxen. By blindfolding the animal, it is less distracted or tempted and subsequently works more efficiently. By blocking out the world, the oxen focus entirely on the task. Their attention is solely on the commands of their human masters.

In this biblical verse, we see a similar command. In our daily walk with Christ, we are distracted by the world and all it offers. Yet all of what the world offers is temporal. Our homes, cars, money, clothes, careers, even our earthly bodies- – all of it– is temporary. None of these things are eternal. As Christ says, they are earthly treasures that rust and rot. They are also often coveted by thieves, yet worthless to the eternally minded.

2 Corinthians 5:7 reiterates we are to live by faith, not by sight. Christ affirms, “The eye is the lamp of the body.” If your eyes are shining toward money, then your whole body will be full of darkness. Your thoughts are on earthly desires, not on God and His Word.

The Bible tells us that all men are like grass and their glory like the flowers of the field. Both wither and are eventually discarded. On man’s death bed, all of his earthly possessions are meaningless. Why desire them in the first place? A new car, kitchen, handbag, i-phone, laptop, holiday, house in the suburbs isa continuous lusting after more and more. Meanwhile, the soul becomes less and less.

Material possessions provide momentary satisfaction. Nothing more. Yet, we run the ominous risk of judgement by chasing them ,our selfish nature conflicting with God’s selflessness. Rather than helping others, we continually help ourselves. The lust of the eyes is at work (1 John).

The spiritually discerning understand that joy does not exist in the physical. It is not externally cultivated by what the world offers. Joy resides solely in the spiritual (Gal 5:22). The wealthy Lazarus discovered that focusing on his own selfish, non-spiritual nature additionally led to torment.

Ensuring our eyes are set on God and His Word (that which is spiritual) becomes the most important decision of our lives.

But the word of our God stands forever – Isaiah 40:8