The Eyes of Others

Part of Brad’s sermon this past Sunday reminded me of a devotion I wrote a couple of years ago. I thought I would share it with you today……


The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.  If all but myself were blind, I should want neither fine clothes, fine houses, nor fine furniture.”

This quote from Benjamin Franklin caught my attention one day while perusing a list of his famous sayings. After reading it, I instantly felt the slice of Ben’s whit upon my conscience. Laid bare for my reflection was my own shortcoming of placing emphasis on material things that only serve my ego by making others envious.

But all at once, the Spirit turned Ben’s slice of whit into a surgical incision of instruction. He posed a question — “What if others’ spiritual eyes were blinded to you?” I struggled with the enormity of that question. What if no one could see all my outward appearances of Christianity? Yes, I feel I work hard to do a good job for God and his kingdom. But honestly, deep down inside, it always strokes my ego when others notice. 

This one question then prompted a flood of others. Would my labors still matter as much to me if no one ever knew I did them? Would I even labor at all if no one would envy me spiritually for my effort? Would I be as good a Christian as I want others to believe that I am? 

Frankly, I’m still working on my answers and probably will for a long time to come. Even so, the Spirit’s lesson was driven home that either I labor for the Kingdom, or I labor for my own vanity. And the labor for the Kingdom is the only one that produces eternal fruit.

Have the spiritual eyes of others ruined you?

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