LUKE 11:34-36: “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is unclouded, your whole body is full of light. But when your eye is evil, your body is full of darkness. So be careful that the light in you isn’t darkness. If your whole body is full of light and not darkness, it will be as bright as a lamp shining on you.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Do I need to have my spiritual eyes tested? Is there a direct correlation between my physical eyes and the eyes of my spirit? The answer to these questions is an unequivocal YES! What we allow to enter in through our physical eyes becomes that which we meditate upon in our minds and what eventually affects our hearts. As Jesus stated – “When your (our) eye is unclouded, your whole body is full of light. But when your eye is evil your body is full of darkness.”
How do we apply this practically in our lives? Some of the Pharisees used to walk around with hats that had Scripture boxes hung in front of their eyes (phylacteries) so that they would always keep the Word of God before them. They came to be known as “Bleeding Pharisees”. Why? Because they kept bumping into things and injuring themselves. This does not sound like a very good plan to me. There must be another way.
First, we must make an honest evaluation of the condition of our thought life. What dominates our thoughts throughout the day? Jesus said – “…be careful that the light in you isn’t darkness.” It is possible for our thoughts to gradually slip into patterns and areas that are not productive for our lives, and which do not build up our faith. If this progresses, we can begin to entertain thoughts of sin, hiding fantasies of those things we know are wrong. And where does this all start? Jesus said – “Your eye is the lamp of your body.”
The next thing we need to do is make an honest evaluation of the things we are giving our eyes to. What kind of entertainment are we watching? Where do we find ourselves gazing upon? All throughout our day the enemy is trying to enter into our thought patterns through things that enter into our minds through the things we look upon. This world is filled with darkness, temptation, and the lust for that which perishes. Job proclaimed that he made a covenant with his eyes so that he would not sin against the Lord. Perhaps it is time that we consider doing the same!
We cannot avoid the world, but we can choose what we allow to be the focus of our life. We can spend time allowing darkness and temptation to enter into our mind through what we look upon, or we can direct our gaze toward that which is above and allow light and life to become our focus and meditation. This really is not as hard as it sounds.
When my daughter was little I taught her to listen to the Holy Spirit. She loved to read, and I could not preview every book that she read. Therefore, I told her to pray and listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit to show her if a book was “darkness” or it was “light”. Many times she would come to me, unsolicited, and hand me a book she had bought at the school book fair and say – “Daddy, this is not a good book, can you get rid of it for me.” She was not willing to allow “darkness” to enter into her mind through the window of her eye. Paul put it this way in the Epistle of Colossians…
- “Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above—where Christ holds the highest position. Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things. You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Christ is your life. When he appears, then you, too, will appear with him in glory. Therefore, put to death whatever is worldly in you: your sexual sin, perversion, passion, lust, and greed (which is the same thing as worshiping wealth). It is because of these sins that God’s anger comes on those who refuse to obey him. You used to live that kind of sinful life. Also get rid of your anger, hot tempers, hatred, cursing, obscene language, and all similar sins. Don’t lie to each other. You’ve gotten rid of the person you used to be and the life you used to live, and you’ve become a new person. This new person is continually renewed in knowledge to be like its Creator.” (Colossians 3:1-10 GW)
Lord, this morning help me to take an honest inventory of my “focus”. Let me focus anew on things that are above, not on worldly things. Let me make a covenant with my eyes to fill my life with Your light, love, and life. May I hear the still small voice of Your Spirit so that my whole body will be full of light.
In Jesus Name!