The Singularly Focused Eye

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“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye be in single focus, pure, sound, your whole body will be well lighted” (Matt. 6:22, Wuest NT).

Focus. According to this verse, having focus allows for God’s light to flood your whole being. Of course, our focus must be pointed in the right direction for this to be possible. Rather than fixating on our circumstances, or on the allure of this world, we are called to fix our eyes on Jesus.

No wonder the enemy wars against our focus. In this digital age, images on screens flash before our eyes in hyper speed, incessantly jumping from one visual stimulation to the next. As a result, brains have been trained to skip rapidly from one subject to another. Focus has been stolen from us. I recently read a statistic stating that the average attention span has been reduced to 8.2 seconds!

The more the devil can steal your focus, the more he can steal your light. I love The Passion Translation’s rendering of our verse from Matthew about this: “The eyes of your spirit allow revelation light to enter into your being. If your heart is focused, the light floods in!”

If, and only if. If our heart is scattered, if our mind is fluttering all over the place, then light cannot flood into our spirit. Major areas of our lives will remain in darkness. We desperately need focus, for our own inner wellbeing.

Thankfully, focus is an area we can train ourselves in. In fact, as Christians we are called to do exactly that. The book of Colossians teaches us to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:2). If the Bible lays this out as an instruction, it’s because God is putting it within our grasp. We really can set our minds on Him; we really can learn to focus on heavenly realities.

Here are three quick tips I would recommend to you, if you desire to work out your attention span muscles:

  1. Set aside time each day to pray and feed the Word to your spirit. Start with a realistic, attainable goal. A daily window of quiet time is one of the very best settings for your focus to grow.
  2. Fight to protect that time. Turn off or silence your phone and put it in a drawer, out of sight. Train yourself to go longer and longer windows without checking any of your devices.
  3. Have a pad of paper with you during your intimate time with God. When a distracting thought comes into your mind about something you need to take care of, pause and write it down. This will help unclutter your mental space. Then turn the pad over and redirect your focus to the Lord.

One final thought. The ESV translates our verse for today, “If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light” (emphasis mine). Having the eyes of our heart in singular focus on Jesus means health for our entire being; body, soul, and spirit. The more you train your focus, the healthier your spiritual eyes become. The healthier they become, the more full of revelation light you will be.

So, precious child, let’s get on that training!

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Do you have any more tips to add to my list?

 

13 thoughts on “The Singularly Focused Eye

  1. A compulsive focus on anything here has the marks of addiction – destructive desires being wired into our brains. The same eye turned on things above brings freedom.

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  2. For many, it is most difficult to enter into silence. Our flesh, the world and enemy will continue to plague us with NOISE and a multitude of though fragments. I often consider speaking and focusing on the verse, ” Be Still and know that I AM GOD! In boldness declare that the Spirit Take Charge of this Holy time with the Father. Have Him clear the way to peace beyond that which we are familiar with. When a thought outside of your focus enters in, PAUSE and submit that distraction to the Lord. In practicing this, I have found major progress in receiving total release from distraction. Len

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  3. Consistency is a key here. If you decide that a particular time works best for your quiet spiritual break, do it at the same time every day, no exceptions. Or it may be a matter of routine, and not a set time– for example, I do Morning Prayer immediately after I get out of the shower, no matter what time it may be. Whatever works, but be consistent, and make it part of the normal flow of life.

    As far as distractions, one tip– if you include Bible passages in your prayer time, read the words at a whisper. Having to concentrate on saying the words helps keep you focused. — Mike

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  4. I am convinced God created us with fixed focus. When our eyes are on Him alone only then is life and reality in focus. Only then do we really see clearly…Good post

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  5. Thank you sincerely for this post. Yes indeed it is what we focus on particularly in 2019 that determines the health of our whole body, mind and spirit. Focussed attention on the valuable things of the Kingdom. Keep you eyes upon Jesus is both a song and a powerful truth. Blessings and Love. F.

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