How Is Your Vision?
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 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! (Matthew 6:22-23, NKJV)
Simply, the idea is that “light” comes into the body through the eye. If our eyes were blind, we would live in a “dark” world.
The idea behind having a good eye is either being generous or being single minded. Both principles apply to the disciple’s attitude towards material things.
Being generous brings light to our lives. We are happier and more content when we have God’s heart of generosity. But if we are not generous, it is as if your whole body will be full of darkness. Our selfish, miserly ways cast darkness over everything that we think or do.
Being single minded brings light to our lives, and we are also happier and more content when we focus on the kingdom of God and His righteousness, knowing that all the material things will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). But when we are double-minded, it is as if your whole body is full of darkness. We try to live for two masters at the same time, and it puts a dark shadow over everything in our life.
In any case, Jesus tells us that either our eye is directed at heavenly things (and therefore full of light) or it is directed at earthly things (and therefore full of darkness).
Building on the analogy of the eye, Jesus reminds us that if we are blind in our eyes, the whole body is blind. The darkness is then great in our whole body. In the same way, our attitude towards material treasure will either bring great light or great darkness to our lives.
Often a materialistic, miserly, selfish Christian justifies their sin by saying, “It is just one area of my life.” But even as the darkness of the eye affects everything in the body, so a wrong attitude towards material things brings darkness to our whole being.
So, how is your vision?
Lord God, we seek to live in Your perfect light. Too often we allow the hindrances of this world to creep in and crowd You out. Forgive us we pray. Show us the way to live Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.
1 Year Bible Reading
Odds and Sods Vol 2 Issue 16
- Six weeks from today is Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer and beginning of fall.
- It is going by so quickly!
- Going to do a re-vamp of my other site (JonClaytonWrites).
- Will move this site to the new hosting company after that.
- God is good! Live a salty life!
- See you in next week!