The wisdom of beholding! The grand design of the eye! The eyes are gateways of fascination. The affections of the heart follow the locked gaze of the eyes. The God of pleasure designed us to delight in that which we behold. Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23, “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!” Simply put, whatever you focus your gaze on is what you become.
Someone recently commented on our blog, asking for more clarification on the “Beholding and Becoming” principle. You become what you look at, you believe what you hear, as long as you see it, hear it, often enough. Madison Avenue knows this and assaults with a daily barrage of rapid fire marketing. Have you ever seen a new car or style of clothing and thought, “Wow, that is hideous.” Only to find yourself liking or owning the same product a few months latter. What happened you beheld it long enough, saw others with it, and ultimately that which once repelled you now attracted you.
People often say, “I can watch this movie or listen to this person, and it won’t affect me.” Nothing is father from the truth. For example, I can tell if you are an avid Simpson’s fan, simply by listening to you speak. Why? We become what we watch.
This can be a bad thing or it can be leveraged and become a good thing in our lives. Want to become like Jesus? It takes more than WWJD bracelet. Jesus said, that He only did what He saw and heard from the Father. Jesus beheld the Father and communed with the Holy Spirit through two primary ways.
First, He beheld God through the scriptures. More than study, yes He did study, but He meditated upon them. His intentional thoughts and His random, daydreams where about the Father, and Spirit whom He encountered through the scriptures. Start our day off in the Word, but also carry some of it to eat with you through out the day. Meditate on God in the Word.
Second, Jesus beheld God in prayer. Fellowshiping with the Godhead was Jesus’ prayer for us in the book of John. Start right, put the right stuff in the middle, and end strong. Start off with prayer. fill your day with quick prayers, you are always on His mind, move to keep Him on your mind more often. Then end with fellowship thru prayer and worship. As one of my friends says, “That IPOD or CD player, is our portable worship team. Fill your eyes, ears, and mind with thoughts of Jesus and His Character and you will be transformed. Fill your eyes with light and your whole being is filled with light.