THE EVIL EYE
Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good? So the last will be first and the first last.
For many are called but few are chosen (Mt 20: 15-16)
What is an evil eye? It isn’t what you think. It’s not an eye that looks at x-rated movies or lusts after women. It isn’t an eye that flashes anger or protests false innocence when guilty. Neither is a greedy eye or one that rejoices in the bad luck of others. In the parable of the vineyard, Jesus tells us an evil eye is one which calculates. It computes how much God owes because of all we have faithfully done for Him! It is an eye that expects God to pick our rewards only from His top drawer of blessings because we “deserve the very best” in comparison to others. It is an eye that serves for wages rather than for the Master. It is an eye that is never happy, never yielded, always comparing, always calculating. It rails against God that we are “owed” wages big time and He had better not forget it. It is an eye that forgets that its very existence and its own sight, came not from itself, but from unearned, unmerited grace!
Our eyes have a close connection with our hearts. Jesus said it is the lamp of the body (Matt 6:22); the context makes it clear He is talking about the part of us that is the soul. Now He says: “If therefore the light in you is full of darkness, how great is that darkness.” How great the darkness deep within the recesses of our heart when our eye is evil! That was the point in the parable of the vineyard! Jesus deliberately paid those who were hired last, first. When the early hires received the same wages as those who had worked only a mere hour, their offence knew no bounds! They had earlier righteously calculated their “worth”. Now they demanded it! But the denarius promised to them is what they deserved and all they got!
The Kingdom of God is unbelievably generous when we serve out of grace; it is a terrible paymaster when we labour from works. For under grace, the least deserving is first and the “most deserving”, last. Lets keep our eye “good” and serve from love.
2016 YEAR OF STRENGTH
Ps Dr Philip Lyn