Radioactive | Devotion #2: Cover your Eyes
Max Sinclair | Children’s Director
Growing up, I had an overactive imagination. To this day, I can see my overactive imagination get the best of me when I get mad at a situation and think that someone is trying to purposely sabotage an event or even just my day. I perceive or see things that affect the way I live my day to day, not only that but my life. I was young, around five years old, when I saw Star Wars: A New Hope. I was so enthralled and loved every second of it that I wanted to become a Jedi. I remember many times playing make believe that I would watch something and want to be just that. I went from being a firefighter to Jedi, from acting as a police officer to being a spy and even President of the United States. All of these things came from me watching or seeing something. To this day I try to move stuff from across the room with “the force” just to feel my wife playfully smack me on the head.
Even though these are not necessarily bad things, how my mind is wired could cause me some problems. If I allow myself to let negative and corrupt ideas and things into my mind, that begins to affect my heart. In the Bible, we see many times the command or the instruction to guard our heart (Proverbs 4:23; Romans 12:2), yet we can see that it is the last line of defense. In the military, the goal of ultimate security is to have something to stop the threats before they happen, to intimidate or to have a large enough defense to stop the storm of attackers; our first line of defense is what we see. As I prepared for this devotion, I decided to start where it all began, Genesis chapter 3. In this chapter of the Bible, we see the fall of man from the perfect nature we were meant to walk with God. You see after Adam and Eve had taken the fruit, their eyes were opened, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked” (Genesis 3:7 CSB). We see that once sin had entered into the world, our eyes began to corrupt our heart. What they saw were shame and fear, and that is not what God had planned.
Now we live in this broken world, sin has run rampant throughout society, and we see it everywhere. We are affected from scantily clothed women trying to sell products or fantasy, to just seeing what others have and comparing our lives to it. Our eyes are what cause us to sin, so we need to protect what we see. So how do we do that, how do we protect what we see? Hebrews 12:2 (CSB) says, “Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.” Stop looking around, and start looking at Jesus. Focusing on Jesus and keeping our eyes on Him will stop us from looking around, it will stop us from falling into temptation. In my own life, this has spoken truly just in the past two years. I came from sin and shame of not guarding my eyes to the world and what it offered to train my eyes on Him and not allowing myself to focus or fall into what I have in the past. My life has begun to change, my relationship with my family has drastically changed, and I know that my relationship with God has moved to where it needs to be heading.