“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
– Matthew 6:22,23
Jesus tells us, “The eye is the lamp of the body.” It is our eyes that perceive light! Then He states, and I paraphrase, “If your eyes are bad, your body will be full of darkness.” What is Jesus emphasizing in this story? Picture yourself sitting in a house with friends. The house is full of light, but the electricity is not on. The light that fills the room is generated by a skylight powered by nature and is usually made of transparent or translucent glass.
Jesus is saying that your eyes are almost like a skylight to the house that is your soul. The things you focus on, look at, listen to, the books you read, and the goals you have, will shape whether your life is light or dark. You may feel like you don’t know where you’re going and desire to be in a different place. One place you can start is by changing the skylight. Look at what you are letting into your heart. It’s incredible the things we think aren’t significant all by themselves, but compounded, lead to darkness — including our language, music we listen to, or the lack of positive goals.
Friend, it’s encouraging to know when we turn just one of these things around, we can see how letting the good in makes all the difference. Jesus says, “All things are possible to those who believe!” Not only are they possible, but He also wants us to see and believe in those possibilities and live for them.
Father, help me to allow good things and good people into my heart and life.
Are there elements of darkness you need to remove from your life?
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