Set you minds on things above, not on earthly things.” [Colossians 3:2]

I remember as a child there was always at least one child in class with the problem of being ‘cross eyed’ or having a ‘lazy eye’.  The solution back then was to cover the good eye and force the ‘lazy eye’ to function properly.  Even in the natural unless sight was a single eyed function, where both eyes moved in tandem, it created problems that would affect all of life.

Imagine if the spiritual eye was thwarted with the same dysfunction!  The truth through the words of Paul this morning is at least two-fold.    The crucial lesson is, ‘focus’ and the thing that has your attention is top priority and is your God.  Because life has a myriad of cross-roads, decision points and problems looking for a solution, the ultimate focus will govern them all.

This was David’s problem when he spotted Bathsheba bathing!  He was in the wrong place, focusing on the wrong scene.  He had left the battle to others and become spiritually ‘cross-eyed’. [2 Samuel 11:2]

Looking both ways at the same time reflects an inner battle, one that you cannot get away from.  Unless you deal with the weaker eye it will end up destroying the whole body.   Cover the weaker eye until it yields to clear and singular vision.  Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

A strong word, but one that will eradicate the tendency of visual wandering and definitely realign to single eyed focus.  Paul continues, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” [Colossians 3:3]

Further Reading:  2 Samuel 11; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Hebrews 12:2