What You See Is What You Get – the overall message from pastor David Dykes to Green Acres Baptist Church.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be fulll of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:22-24
Dykes started his sermon singing, “Be careful little eyes what you see; be careful little eyes what you see; for the Father up above is looking down in love; Be careful little eyes what you see.” I’m sure many of you know the other verses as well. It goes from eyes, to ears, to mouth, to hands, to feet. Sin starts with vision. “Vision is typically thought of as something going outward. But vision is a gateway in to your heart.” Just as drinking poison damages your internal organs, letting in poisonous images damages your heart, your mind and your relationships.
“My definition of a hypocrite is someone who complains about all the sex and violence on his DVR.”
Psalm 101:3a states, “I will set before my eyes no vile thing.” Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your world.” The human brain, with all its computing power cannot hold but one single focus. Yes, it can multi-task, but has the capacity for only one focus. Whatever you focus on becomes your god. Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Focus on God. In this time, it is easy to focus on money. Money in this use in the New Testament does not mean, just cash. It means money and all that comes with it – stuff. New car, new house, new clothes… “Having been a pastor as long as I have been, I’ve heard numerous admissions of sin and I’ve helped people experience forgiveness that comes from God. But you know how many times I’ve had someone come to me and say, ‘I have a problem with the sin greed’?” None, not one. Greed is a subtle sin. It’s a sin that follows what you are looking for/to/at.
“So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
What are you looking at?
(The above came from my notes and paraphrase of Dr. Dykes sermon on 4/19. I was there for a Missions Fair.)