ONE EYE 'Two optics become one when restfully centred on the Lord God Almighty alone whose supreme will should be done'
"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."
"But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
Focus is important with respect to the issue of divine destiny.
While having the right focus ensures that one will fulfill one's divine destiny;having no focus or the wrong focus guarantees failure as far as destiny is concerned.
It is not therefore surprising to note that the devil,the prime enemy of destiny,seeks to destroy,divert,or defile one's right focus(John 10:10a)!
The devil tries to destroy one's right focus so that one end up with no focus at all!
If he does not succeed,he then tries to divert it;he proceeds to divert it so that one will have a wrong focus!
However if he fails,then he tries to defile it so that it becomes blurred!
He tries these different strategies during times of temptation which are common to everyone.
Temptations come at 'good times' or 'bad times'.
'The eye' is the organ of one's inner man concerned with focus.
When one has a right focus,one has a 'single or one eye'(Matt.6:22).
But the focus becomes lost,wrong or blurred,when one's 'one eye' becomes 'dark or evil'(Matt.6:23)!
No one is born into this world with 'one eye' except for the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Everyone was born in sin,estranged from God that is why we naturally walk in spiritual darkness which normally fills us from an 'evil eye'.
But when one receives Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour,the 'evil eye' becomes 'one eye' and one begins to walk in the light that now fills one from a 'single eye'!
This important personal decision makes one singly for God,a follower of Christ who is a real person having 'one eye'!
Having 'one eye' primarily means that the Lord has becomes one's first love!
Every follower of Christ needs to guard 'the eye'! so as to maintain the right focus even when facing the challenges one encounters on the journey of destiny.
One who has and keeps 'one eye' has a focus on the following:-
The Lord himself:-
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
"And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,"
"And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem."
The Lord God in Christ Jesus is the one and only person on whom everyone should focus!
The Lord is the One that brought every person in to this world to fulfill his purpose!
He is the only One who reconciles mankind to himself through Jesus Christ so as to actually fulfill his purposes in and through anyone who believes in him(John 3:16).
And he is the only One who can help anyone to discover,pursue,and fulfill divine destiny!
The Lord is the best example from whom one can learn how to have and keep 'one eye' which means having and keeping a right focus(Luke 9:51-52)!
It is only with one's focus on the Lord that one can then focus on the following:-
"And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it."
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
The vision is that single or collective glimpse that one receives from the Lord concerning one's divine destiny-this has been discussed in two earlier articles 'The heavenly vision' and then 'Under the bed'.
Until the vision speaks,one should patiently keep one's focus on the Lord for its fulfillment at his appointed time(Hab.2:3).
The waiting period is an amount of time when the Lord is preparing one for the important role that one is to play in fulfilling the vision.
"And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it."
A ministry is one or more ways in which one is ordained by God to serve him and his purposes so as to serve others.
A ministry is therefore the divine vehicle with which one's unique calling is fulfilled.
In the Christian world,if one favoured by God to serve him as a leader of a ministry then that ministry is actually a network of all the ministries of people involved using different gifts and talents(Rom.12:6-8;Eph.4:7-16;1 Pet.4:10-11) so as to fulfill their individual and collective destinies.
As one runs with the vision(Hab.2:2),one in the Lord focuses on two groups of people one is assigned to:-
The first group are people who one is assigned to run with.
"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."
This first group of people are those who have been running with their 'heavenly vision' on the journey of destiny.
At a certain time and place assigned by God on the journey they need one's help;and at another time and place,one needs their help!
The second group are people who one is assigned to run for.
"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; "
"Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
Imagine oneself as a competitor in a marathon 'running for charity':this means that one is running to raise funds for a charity that concerns itself with a certain set of people having challenges like poverty and disease.
This second group of people are those who have not been running with their 'heavenly vision' on the journey of destiny because of different kinds of challenges that 'imprison' them because they have had an evil eye.
Some of these people might never had 'one eye' having not known the Lord;others have had 'one eye' but allowed the enemy to destroy,divert,or defile their 'eye'.
But the Lord is concerned about these folk that walk in darkness so that they can be saved from their prisons and captors;and then walk in the light!
One runs for these precious souls so that they can be conquered and delivered by God's love through one's personal testimony of the Lord as one's first love.
As an agent of first love recovery,one helps these persons so that they can by God's saving grace have and keep 'one eye' so as to fulfill divine destiny!
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
The journey of destiny can be likened to a marathon full of diverse challenges.
At the end of the journey of destiny lies a prize for every athlete that makes it to the end!
To make it to the end,one should be a person with 'one eye' focused in the Lord on the prize as aided by the Holy Spirit.
It is near or at the end that one can boldly and humbly say the following words of Paul the apostle:-
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:"
"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
'Two eyes become one
when rightly focused on
what is destined to be done
before the appointed time is gone'
About the Author
British-born Nigerian Christian writer living and working in London,UK with website:www.firstloveministries.org.uk