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THE FINAL CUP

Chapter Two
CATCH MY EYE

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Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

[Acts 2:41]

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

[Matthew 19:24]

SEARCHING AND LOOKING

I did not need to look any further. I can say without a doubt that she had surely caught my eye. I was through doing guy things and wanted some female companionship, so I was looking around for a woman exactly like her. Forty-four years later, she and I sat in the living room resting, when…I had a visitor.

The day was very quiet and we were not very ambitious. It was early afternoon and we were both enjoying a much-needed day off. I was very warm and comfortable sitting in my recliner. There were spirits of love, peace, and contentment in our home.

I sat there observing my wife who was sitting on the couch across from me trying desperately to read a letter that she had just received. Her eyelids would close and she would slowly, but surely, open them up again and try to focus on the letter in hopes of finding the spot where she had left off. She was very relaxed and a little tired.

It was rather entertaining watching her struggle to stay awake in order to read that letter. I felt proud looking at her and knowing that she was my wife and I was her husband. I thought that she looked cute as she sat there apparently oblivious to my presence and scrutiny. My mind started wandering through the past while visions of different moments in our marriage danced before me.

As those thoughts paraded through my head I felt a familiar unction in my spirit. The Lord must have been sitting on his recliner watching me at the same time that I was sitting on my recliner watching my wife. I heard him say in my spirit, “You and I also have seasons in our relationship.” The Lord was doing more than just talking with me because I sensed in my spirit that I was supposed to write down exactly what I was hearing.

I sensed that the Lord became jealous of my attention toward her, because a question came to my spirit that asked, “When was the last time that you lingered with me and thought about the last time we were together?” Ouch. I didn’t feel guilty or condemned but I did feel pricked in my spirit. I felt a warm tingling sensation in my spirit because of the presence of God. He had my attention.

The first word that the Holy Spirit gave me was “Catch my eye.” During His visitation, the Lord told me that our “searching and looking” were the reasons behind the phrase “Catch my eye.”

Forty-four years earlier, I was looking for someone to fill the gap that I had in my life. The woman that I had just seen would fill that gap quite nicely, thank you very much. She was unsaved at the time and I was a prodigal son living in the hog pen. We were both looking for someone special, or at least I was.

GOD GIVES ME SCRIPTURES

The first of two scriptures that the Lord gave me concerning “catch my eye,” was Acts 2:41.

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

[Acts 2:41]

It was a couple of days before I received the complete revelation for why the Holy Spirit had given me these passages. The Holy Spirit was saying that even though we search and look, the more important issue is the direction in which we travel [1]. There are only two paths from which to choose. We can follow Christ or we can follow the world.

The wife was unsaved and I was wallowing in the pig pen. Although I was a believer, I regret that I was not following the Lord at the time that my wife had first caught my eye. I had drifted from God. However, I later rededicated myself after living in the hog pen and the wife came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

In Acts 2:36-39 God pricked the hearts of the people because of Peters digs about them crucifying Jesus [2]. They were also looking for salvation and truth [3], just like they are today. The good news of Jesus Christ had caught their eye and they asked Peter, “What shall we do to be saved?” That day in Acts 2, the Lord saved more than three thousand people. In Acts two they realized what they had found, and followed Christ. This was a good decision.

The second scripture that the Holy Spirit gave me was Matthew 19:24.

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

[Matthew 19: 24]

In contrast to the Acts passage, the rich man in Matthew 19 chose a different path. Jesus told the rich man that in order to follow Him it would cost the rich man everything that he had. Therefore, to save everything that he had, he rejected Jesus. In saving everything—he lost everything [4]. He was building his treasures here on earth and he gave up his eternity with the Lord Jesus for a few years here on earth [5]. This was a bad decision.

I NEED

What is the focus of our search? What are we looking for? What do we want out of this life? Is there anything about us that will catch somebody else’s eye? A wise man once said, “We will find what we are looking for.” Therefore, how is our faith playing out? Will we catch Jesus’ eye? At the “catch my eye” stage of a relationship the focus is of a selfish nature. This is where we only think of ourselves and what we are going to get out of it.

When we seek a relationship in the natural it is because of an “I need” companionship. Because “I need” a change, because “I need” someone in my life to make me complete, or “I need” a friend. There are many reasons why we seek relationships but this is not my point. The operative words here are, “I need.”

We seek a spiritual relationship with God for the same reasons: “we need” deliverance or “we need” healing or “we need” validation. Seldom does a person seek God in the beginning—just to know God. It seems as though circumstances have to back us up against a wall before we call on the Lord. This is sad but more times than not, it is quite true. The Lord understands this, but He does expect us to grow.

In some relationships it’s like when we’re together, all we can think of is the bad times and when we’re apart, all we can think of is the good times. This is backwards.

I am glad that my wife loves me because of me and not because I pay the rent and buy the food. I am sure that she is glad that I love her because of her and not because she cooks my dinner and washes my clothes. We both appreciate what our hands do for each other but we love each other for who we are. We have sought each other’s faces and heart.

Do we love Jesus because He is Jesus or do we just appreciate Him because of His healing and deliverance and then call that appreciation love?

If you are uncertain as to what you are looking for in this relationship, then I exhort you to get on your knees before Him and tell Him how you are feeling and for what you are looking. Be prepared, He may just fill your heart with so much love that you are driven to weeping?weeping with tears of joy.

For us to get to the next stage of our earthly relationship we have to become visible. We need to be friendly and show interest. For us to get to the next stage of our relationship with Jesus Christ we need to heed 2 Chronicles 7:14. We are to humble ourselves and rid ourselves of pride and seek His face.

The Holy Spirit still had my full attention as He continued giving me words and Scripture.

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