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Whose Eyes Do You Have?

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

Numbers 15:37-39

…tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments…And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the┬áLord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes…

I was struck by the statement that we are not to follow after our own heart and our own eyes. I thought it might be helpful to think a bit more about what it looks like to follow after our own heart and eyes. A person following after their own ways would:

  • not see long-term
  • see the temporary and immediate only
  • not consider eternity and the brevity of this life
  • be focused on their own selfish needs
  • see the faults of others
  • not see their own faults
  • be focused on outward appearances
  • build idols and follow after them
  • gravitate towards the beautiful at the expense of disregarding the unfortunate
  • act according to their emotions at all times
  • lack stability and consistency
  • focus on the unimportant
  • lust, insatiably
  • not see God

I love God’s cure to this problem: receive a new heart and a new set of eyes. Remember, the tassels were not the cure, they were a reminder of the problem. The solution can only be granted by God through the gospel. In the gospel we see the current state of our heart as acting in rebellion towards God. God says that He “will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26, see also Deuteronomy 29:4)

Take inventory of your thoughts and actions today. Which ones come from following after a new set of eyes and a new heart?

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