EYE ON THE BALL

EYE ON THE BALL

Matthew 6:22-24 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “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.

As a little league baseball ballplayer I was frequently reminded to “keep your eye on the ball”. It was good advice if you were the batter, of course. And as a fielder, it was essential too. If my eye was on Mom or Dad or uncle Dan watching the game, or on the cute sister of a teammate, or the airplane coming in low on initial approach to nearby LaGuardia airport, I was serving the wrong “master”.  If I let a bad pitch go by instead of swinging away at just anything, coaches would holler “good eye, good eye”. Airplanes and girls were interesting.  Mom, Dad and Uncle Dan were important people in my life, but job #1 was to pay attention to the ball and act accordingly. As citizens of the kingdom of God we can rightly have only one primary loyalty. New American citizens take an oath of allegiance that opens with a similar thought “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen”  It sounds pretty extreme but as followers of Jesus we commit similarly to the absolute priority goal of following Him, and nothing or nobody else. That includes, especially, our own bias, ego, comfort, convenience, pleasure or corrupt politicians waving their bibles.  Pastor Bill

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