“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23 NASB
These two verses are placed right in between Jesus speaking about not focusing on money and worldly success and Him saying you cannot serve two masters. Chapter 6 ends with not worrying about provisions, but instead seek God and His Kingdom.
The eye is our perspective, focus, thoughts or ‘world view’, so if our focus is all about earthly success and even needs, it will not be on God.
Bartimaeus, a blind man, called Jesus Son of David and Rabbi, knowing and recognizing the Jesus is the Messiah.
Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here. ” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, ” Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
Mark 10:46-52 NASB
The word for ‘regain my sight’ is anablepo.
αναβλέπω – to look up, gain sight
βλέπω – in a metaphorical sense: gain understanding
Could it be possible that Bartimaeus was asking to have a righteous perspective, not physical sight? Jesus is able to know our hearts and He knew Bartimaeus’ faith. Bartimaeus started to follow Jesus. He was healed and then focused on Jesus.
We can see that healing of our hearts is more important than physical healing with the man who was lowered through the window (Mark 2:1-13, Luke 5:17-26), we see that spiritual healing has priority over physical healing. Jesus first said that his sins were forgiven. When those who’s perspective was unbelief questioned Jesus, He healed the man physically.
How many times have we viewed the scriptures with an earthly perspective?
Romans 12 opens:
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2 NASB
In surrendering our lives, we must allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds into Christminded. We then can recognize what God’s will is.
John 3:16 is a familiar verse that can be recited by many. The following verses are just as important.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:16-18 NASB
He did not come to condemn the world! Condemnation comes from not believing in faith.
Redemption should be how our eyes see!