They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Probably because the things we see as beautiful have beautiful experiences tied to them. These seemingly insignificant things catch our eye because they have pressed our hearts with joy, or peace, or pleasure or a myriad of other things that leave us in awe. Part of what it is to be a follower of Christ is to retrain our eyes, to put on a gospel lens and see the world through the beauty of Christ and His cross.
When we receive the love of God the Father through the son, applied by the Spirit we begin to recognize the handiwork of God in all types of things. The things that catch our eye are no longer the glittering temporary things that satisfy for a moment, but that which sings of the eternal power of Christ. The value we place on the images we see in the world is now seen through the lens of words like James 1: 17-18 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”
Unlike the glint of temptation to sin which promises fulfillment but leads to death, God’s desire is that we find a new birth through His word of truth. So today, when your eye is caught by someone, or something, or some thought take a moment and ask yourself: Is this the kind of perfect gift which God desires me to experience for my good and His glory? Does this action help me and others see and experience the life God desires?
We love you, we are praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!