Eyes Up. Stay Sharp.

When Thanos arrives in Wakanda for the final battle in Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America finally sees the enemy behind the trauma they’ve endured for the last 10 years. Thanos was the mastermind behind all the evil they had encountered up to that point. Looking upon the face of that evil, preparing to go to battle against an overwhelmingly capable foe, Cap tells his team, “Eyes up. Stay Sharp.” He knew the tools of deception at Thanos’ disposal. He’d seen many fall before and, as their leader, it was his responsibility to instruct and warn his team.

You don’t need to be a Marvel fan to know that the basis of superhero entertainment is good versus evil. We think it only applies to the stories told by Hollywood, but isn’t it also real life? There are examples of good versus evil every single day. Except now we live in a time where good is called evil and evil is called good. Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Woe means judgement; God’s judgement. Trust me friends, God will not wait much longer while He is being mocked and belittled. We are living in the final days and the proof is all around you.

There have been major live events and/or headlines throughout our entire lives. No matter the era in which you were raised, life altering circumstances have risen. However, the overwhelming consensus is that it is never been this bad before. Seemingly every single headline affects our lives in some way. The ever present mainstream media and social media make sure of this. I hear people say, ‘well, we went through bad times before…it’s just worse now because of the internet.’ That’s an entirely accurate statement. It is worse because of the internet…and that’s all by design. It was always meant to be this way.

Everything is a distraction, and I mean, everything. The enemy, Satan, uses any tool (even things we see as good) as a distraction. Okay, but a distraction from what?! From God! From our Savior, Jesus Christ! That is what this is ALL about, friends. It’s what it all comes down to. Light versus darkness. Good versus evil. Life versus death. Heaven versus hell. The problem is that we don’t see it. We don’t view life through eternal eyes. We’re too invested in this temporary life.

I used to hear statements like the those above and think, it just ain’t that serious. I can remember internally rolling my eyes because it sounded so dramatic to me. I grew up in the same church that I attend now. I listened to the same truth telling pastor that I have now. I was raised by wonderful, Bible believing, steadfast parents. Yet, the world still pulled the wool over my eyes. One seemingly innocent action after the other blurred my vision until I was completely compromised. How does this happen?! How can someone who is taught the right way veer off the straight and narrow? We take our eyes off Jesus. Plain and simple.

Look at our current conditions. Think about what you hear all day, everyday. COVID-19, Biden, COVID-19 vaccines, LGBTQIA+, terminations over vaccine refusal, etc. Very, highly emotional and passionate topics. Personal agendas. Focus on selfish interests. It’s a constant barrage of controversy fueled by personal viewpoints. What does controversy breed? Division. Has our nation ever been more divided?! I’ll take it one step further…has the church, the body of Christ as a whole, ever been more divided? Can a divided house stand? We all know that the answer is no. 1 Corinthians 1:10 commands us, “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” Will we agree on everything? Of course not! Honestly, I don’t even think we should agree on everything in life. Different perspectives should be welcomed. However, we should all agree on one thing and that is Jesus Christ and winning souls for Him above all else.

This is what happens when we lose focus, and we are all guilty of this because we are human. As Christians, our ultimate focus should always be Christ. He should always be in the forefront of our mind. Every situation and circumstance should be assessed in terms of eternity – will this bring glory to Christ or not? It’s much easier said than done and it doesn’t seem terribly realistic, does it? That’s because we’re thinking in our own power. We consistently fail to utilize our greatest weapon. Romans 8:26 tells us that ‘the Spirit helps us in our weakness.’ When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He gave clear instructions to His followers. Acts 1:7-8 says, “He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

It is incredibly challenging to keep priorities in line when there’s a dumpster fire all around us. This is a huge struggle of mine. When I write these articles, please understand that I’m preaching to myself. I just know that I’m not the only one struggling and I want others to know they’re not alone and we have hope. We have the ultimate hope and we must put everything else aside and focus on Him. We still have to participate in the world and we should do so with Him in mind, but there is nothing happening in this world more important than Christ. There is no personal agenda more vital than Him. No person, place, or thing takes precedence over winning souls for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Friend, if you are not saved, it’s not too late. Jesus is waiting with open arms, ready to wipe your ledger clean and give you new life. You need only to ask. Fellow Christian friend, pray harder than you’ve ever prayed. Study His Word diligently. Seek His will instead of your own. Eyes up…stay sharp.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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