Which Way are You Looking
The cockeyed squid lives in the ocean’s deepest regions, where sunlight barely filters through the depth of water. The squid’s nickname is a reference to its two extremely different eyes. The left eye develops over time to become considerably larger than the right eye, almost twice as big. Scientists studying the mollusk have concluded that the squid uses its right eye to look down into the darker depths. The larger, left eye, is used to gaze upward, toward the sunlight. The squid is a physical display of a spiritual truth. We live on the earth, but we must look up in the direction of God.
Paul writes in Colossians 3:1-2, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Jesus spoke that our affections are where we set our view. (Matthew 6:21-24) Our view can be good or bad depending on how our heart is set on it. Test your view for a moment.
God created us to live in the world, so the physical is not inherently evil. He evaluated everything in Genesis 1:31, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” So what makes it good or bad? Paul explains the principle of sin in Romans 7:7-8, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.’ But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.” Paul is showing how sin works. God created us and He established what is good. Why did God spell out rules in the Law of Moses? God was demonstrating our free will in operation to love God or we choose to love ourselves. Our perspective works in all our choices.
Following our perspective, our priorities determine our choices in each situation. As Paul said, “But sin taking opportunity…” Desires are stirred by the world — the eyes, the flesh, and pride. (1 John 2:16-17) We want things and the desire grows until we will do anything to fulfill the craving. Here is the crux of the issue, we must want our relationship with God more. When our love for God grows stronger daily, then the thought of sin becomes repulsive. Our love is the key. What do you love most? What a concept! Love for God will help us truly love the church. We will have godly love for our spouses, our family, people, the lost. We will show it with our time, energy, talents, and resources. Don’t be like the cockeyed squid. Keep your eyes on God, all the time.