*Pastor’s Note: This is one of the articles I wrote and posted for my very first website in the mid 90s soon after I got my first computer. I thought it might interest my readers to read some of my first posted writings. I HAVE updated some of the Scripture references, but all in all, it is pretty much as I posted them on my very first website. The pictures and song were added for this posting, though.
This is the title of a pop song of a several decades ago, that was rejuvenated in the movie, My Girl as well as American Graffiti!
My love must be a kind of blind love
I can’t see anyone but you.
Are the stars out tonight?
I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright
I Only Have Eyes For You, Dear.
The moon maybe high
but I can’t see a thing in the sky,
‘Cause I Only Have Eyes For You.
I don’t know if we’re in a garden,
or on a crowded avenue.
You are here
So am I
Maybe millions of people go by,
but they all disappear from view.
And I Only Have Eyes For You.
Words & Music by Al Dubin & Harry Warren, 1933
Recorded by The Flamingos, 1956
It’s a popular song but very fitting in a spiritual sense as well. Before I go on, I’m not saying it is spiritual, but it has some spiritual significance for this can demonstrate the importance of an intimate relationship with God, the Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Where are your eyes looking? Are they centered on the Father or are they focused and centered elsewhere? Matthew 6:24-25 says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
What Jesus was telling us is a very important principle in our relationship with the Father. Remember, Jesus came to point the way to the Father. His whole purpose, His whole mission was to open the door for us to regain the intimacy that was lost through Adam’s disobedience.
We can keep our eyes focused and centered on our Heavenly Father, whom we call Lord, or we can keep our eyes focused or centered on our own wants and needs. We already know that Jesus said our needs would be met, so if we trust what He tells us, we don’t have to focus on them. If we choose too though, then we are not trusting what the Lord has told us as truth. This is an action on our part to NOT make the Father, our Lord or Master.
It is too easy for us in this day and age to say all the right Christian words, to talk the talk and to follow the traditional rituals established in our churches. But it is a far more telling thing to walk the walk by our actions and it is this walk that allows the world to see the Light of the Lord and the Gospel! It is by our actions in our everyday lives that determine who our Master truly is. Remember, we can say that Jesus is Lord, that our Heavenly Father is Lord, but that term Lord denotes the principle of being Master! Do we just call Him Lord, or is He really our Lord?
What is all this leading too you might ask? The lessons that I have prepared, the teachings that follow are all based in one way or another on this principle of who is your Master. It is too easy today to keep our eyes focused on what we want, no matter how we try and justify it with scripture. Some of the lessons that I have prepared are shedding Scriptural light on some of the doctrines that have created such divisiveness in the Body of Christ that they have effectively obscured the genuine love that we are commanded to walk in.
Anything that creates confusion, divisiveness, etc., is not of the Lord but of the enemy of our souls. These things may not undermine our walk with the Lord, but it does undermine our effectiveness in the world when it comes to demonstrating the Lord’s love to all peoples! Remember, we are not called to selfishness, but rather to share the Love of the Lord, the Light of the Gospel with a lost and dying world!
I have prayed, I have studied and I have sought the Holy Spirit for wisdom for many years concerning my teaching. The truth of the matter is this as stated by the Apostle John in 1 John 2:26-27, “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
You have the Holy Spirit and His witness within you. The teaching I do is only to confirm that witness that is already in your spirit. We know that one of the ministry gifts given to the Body of Christ, the True Church is teachers. John isn’t saying that you don’t need teachers, what he is affirming is that as a child of the Father, the Holy Spirit dwells within you and you have the anointing that reaffirms to you the truth of what is being taught!
This is one of my favorite Scriptures and has been the basis of most of my teaching over the years, and it concerns our individual responsibility to understanding the Scriptures for ourselves. It is what Luke wrote in the Book of Acts, 17:11-12 speaking of the people of Berea, “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.” (Bold emphasis added).
They took their responsibility for their own salvation very seriously and the Apostolic Physician said they “were more noble minded than the Thessalonians” who by the way, tried to prevent the Gospel from being taught.
As you read these lessons and studies, please keep your heart and spirit on the Holy Spirit and remember that He will lead you into all truth. Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”
Psalm 43:3-4, “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.”
Notice what surrendering to Him does; it brings you boldly before Him with Praise and Joy! This is what keeping your eyes focused on the Lord does. This is what it means to make and keep Him Master of your life! As you read these lessons, keep in mind the principle, the “Spirit” of the Word which gives life, that when we look elsewhere than to the Lord, our eyes are no longer on Him. This goes for our material wants, our physical well-being or anything that we are concerned about for ourselves as compared to our concern for others.
My hope, my prayer, is that you are blessed, that you are inspired and even empowered in the Holy Spirit to walk in obedience to the True Master, our Heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ!!
I don’t usually do this outside of our Music Ministry, but for your enjoyment I have included the Flamingos singing, “I Only Have Eyes For You”