Summary: This is a sermon that deals with keeping our eyes on Jesus and what happens when we do so.
I’ve got my eye on You!
“I’ve got my eye on you”, is a saying that we all have heard at one time or other. Maybe it was when you received a warning from a person of authority, a police officer who gave you a break but tells you that if they catch you speeding again you will get more than a warning. I remember the days in the principles office or the stern warning from a parent, “I’ve got my eye on you”.
This year around New Years, brother Phil Bailey came up to me and placed a plastic eyeball in my hand and insured me that he would be keeping an eye on me this year.
So this morning I want to share with you, where we should and where we shouldn’t have or eyes on.
Let’s start with where we shouldn’t have our eyes on.
We shouldn’t have our eyes on others
Now when I say this, I don’t mean that we should be walking about with our eyes closed. What I mean is we should not be going around judging other.
Matthew 7:1-3 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye.
Sometimes we are so busy looking at others that we sometimes miss out on what God wants us to see. Maybe you come to church and you didn’t enjoy the music or the sermon because you were there, but your mind was elsewhere or should I say on some one else.
For example, one time several years ago the Holidays invited my wife and I to the Marshall MAC championship football game. Now the stands were full and the kickoff was about to begin but my eyes were following some crazy Western Michigan fans running around on Marshall’s stands waving a big huge Western Michigan Flag. Needless to say, that was not very smart and when they rounded the student section they found that out. So here was the opening kick off on the championship game and I was watching the fight instead of the game.
I think the same thing happens in our church’s now days. You might have some kind of a tiff with someone in the church and you are to busy keeping your eyes on them that you total miss out what God intended you to see. You don’t enjoy the service, the music, or the sermon but you never have the right attitude to do so. You are too busy watching the fight to enjoy the game like I did.
When we stand before God, and someday all of us will; saved, lost, everyone, He will not ask us about anyone else. There will not be any questions like did you see what so in so did. You will only have to give an account about what YOU have done or not done.
So we need to keep our eyes off the things that others are doing and more on what we should be doing and ourselves.
The next thing we shouldn’t have our eyes on is…
We should not have our eyes on the wrong things
Some things we should not look at. When God destroyed Sodom, Lot and his family were told not to look back but yet Lot’s wife did and she turned into a salt lick. Some things just should not be looked at.
Of course there are the obvious things the Bible commands us not to look at. You are not to look at someone and have impure thoughts about them. The Bible says by says that by doing so that you have committed adultery in your mind.
You should not look at fermented wine. The book of Proverbs tells us not to look on the wine when it swirls around smoothly, or it is fermented.
And of course the one that made the Ten Commandments is lusting by looking at what others have and wanting it for yourself.
But what are some of the not-so noticeable things we should not look at?
We should not be looking back at our failures. Sometimes we look at our past and cannot move forward with the future. How many of us would never know the pleasure of riding a bike if we would have never got back on after our first spill?
You see instead of letting your failures prevent you from being what God wants you to be, learn from them, but don’t let them prevent you from doing God’s will.
Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”.