Give Me Your Eyes

Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity

Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach?
Give me Your heart for the one’s forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
That I keep missing

Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach?
Give me Your heart for the one’s forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

 

Have you ever been so wrapped up in yourself and your problems that you forget that others have problems too?

I feel like I’ve been focusing on me so much that I’ve tuned out others and their needs. I can be so selfish sometimes. I could give you a million excuses but I won’t.

I was reading John 7:24, James 2:1-5 and 1 Samuel 16:7 today. It talks about the way God looks at people. I began thinking about if I look at people with God’s eyes or with “man’s” eyes. The majority of the time I think I look at others with “man’s” eyes. I don’t give people a second thought that I pass on the street or that I see pass by in a car. I thought about the song by Brandon Heath, Give Me Your Eyes. I like the verse “Give me Your eyes for just one second, give me Your eyes so I can see…” I know that I need to start seeing others with God’s eyes.

1 Samuel 16:7 says why we need to look with God’s eyes. “…Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

We do look at others by what they wear. I am bad about that. I see a half-naked girl and automatically think what a hussy! I don’t look at her heart to see that’s what needs to change. I judge others by how they dress. We as a culture and people judge solely on looks. We see someone who is wearing all black, has tattoos and piercings and we think they must be dark and evil. They could be the nicest person you’ve ever met. Looks can be so deceiving. We see someone who is wearing dress clothes, dressed to the nine’s, and think they are successful and nice. They could be the rudest, meanest person you’ve ever met. God doesn’t look on the outward appearance. He looks at our hearts. Sometimes as Christians we can be mean to other Christians based on how they dress. We criticize people for wearing all they have to wear to church. Not everyone has dress clothes and suits. Some people may only be able to afford jeans and T-Shirts. God sees our hearts. He knows our intents and our desires.

John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

James 2:1-5 “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

After reading those verses I started feeling guilty for thinking the way I do. God has that way of showing us what we should be doing through his word. He helps us to be better people and better vessels for Him. He wants to mold us and shape us so we will be Christ-like and we can be used for His Glory. We have to weed out the bad every day so we can grow and bloom fully in God’s light.

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The First Commandment

In Exodus Chapter 20 God gives Moses the 10 Commandments. The very first commandment is Thou shalt have no other gods before me (verse 3).

What is the definition of a god? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary a god is a person or thing of supreme value.

What things in your life could be considered a god? TV, computer, best friend, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, work, hobbies, sports or phone?

What things do you put before God? I am very bad about putting my favorite shows, comics and other books before God. I come home from work, eat dinner and sit down to watch my shows or read. I have time to read my bible or go to church I just chose to do something else instead.

I am not sure why that I do it, but it just happens that way. At lunch I also watch Netflix on my iPad. I have a bible ap on my iPad. It makes me upset that I do it. Sometimes I don’t even think about it. I just sit down and eat my lunch and watch a show or movie.

I had been good about reading my bible every morning. Recently work has been more stressful than usual and instead of reading my bible at lunch, I choose to watch a show to give myself a mental break. I’ve noticed that my days haven’t been as pleasant and I’ve found myself being more stressed out. The other day I had a meltdown. I do not normally have melt downs. I was upset about everything and worrying about everything. I had no faith about the situation. I was fretting when I should have been reading and praying.As a Christian I need God’s word to grow. It helps us with so many things!

I am striving this week to make time to read my bible.

 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 

God made the first commandment to not have any other gods before him because he knew that if he was in the center and at the head of our lives all other things would be right in them.

My challenge to you is to examine your life and think about what you put before God and how you can make changes to put God first.

Sorry there’s not been a post for a while. It’s hard to get things from God when I hadn’t picked up the word! I apologize and promise to not let it go so long between posts.

Love in Christ!

Iva Mae