Great Hollands Free Church - Bracknell

Aug 6, 2020

Looking at everything differently


Some thoughts about ourselves at this time of Coronavirus

Category: General
Posted by: gjenkins

How do we look at everything?
How do we look at ourselves?
How do we view our priorities?
How do we look at our situation today?
How do we view events around our world?
How do we look at things closer to home?

What is our worldview?

At a time, such as this, let’s pause for a moment, and ask God to challenge our worldview: the binoculars through which we view everything.

Binoculars

Jesus teaches: 

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 
But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.
If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!   

Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)


In what context does this teaching appear in the Bible?

  • In the context of sight-seeing in a beautiful city?
  • In the context of admiring a stunning view from the top of a mountain?
  • In the context of going to the opticians?

No.

It does not appear in any of these contexts.

No, Jesus places this teaching, right in the middle of his teaching on wealth, possessions, treasure, money, anxiety and worry.   

You can see Jesus’ teaching, in context below:

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:19-34 (NIV)

Let's pause for a moment, and ask God to challenge our worldview: the very binoculars through which we view everything.

Jesus offers us a brand new pair of binoculars.

Jesus offers us a brand new worldview:

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

Our Father in heaven knows all our needs.

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