LIGHT – OR- DARKNESS?

MATTHEW 6:22-23: “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 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!” NKJV
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OBSERVATION: Have I had my spiritual eyesight checked lately? How do I see the world and others? What do I allow to enter into my life through the lamp of my eyes? As I read these verses I am moved to contemplate these questions.

Have you ever flunked an eye test? I have, and it was one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. It was the simple test – “Which looks clearer, A or B, 1 or 2.” I don’t know what was going on that day but the optometrist said – “We are going to have to start all over because your answers are all over the place.” I flunked my eye test!

I am nearsighted. When I take my glasses off I can only see things that are close up. Everything else becomes very fuzzy and indistinguishable. This is true in my physical life. Yet, it is also true in my spiritual life. My spiritual eyes can become cloudy and dim if I am not careful. Just as with my physical eyes, the issue is focus. Without my glasses, I lose my visual focus. Without understanding the words of Jesus, I can lose my spiritual focus.

We have two dominant senses. They are sight and hearing. The other senses are important but these two lead the way. And, of the two, I believe sight is the most important. We can hear a noise, but it is through our eyes that we gain understanding of what the noise is and where it is coming from. Our eyes truly are the lamp of the body.

What we give our eyes to will determine whether we are walking in darkness or light. What we look upon, what we focus on, what we read, these all have a dramatic impact on who we become and what we do. If we allow our eyes to look upon the wrong things then our thoughts will be focused in the wrong direction. And, what we think about we will eventually act upon. This is why Jesus said,

  • “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”

Being a child of God, and allowing our light to become darkness, is like being nearsighted and driving without corrective lenses. We lose our focus. We begin to allow thoughts that we should not allow to enter into our mind. Our convictions begin to weaken as our spiritual sight becomes dimmer. And, like a driver who takes his eyes off the road, we soon find ourselves driving off the side of the road and into a rut!

Job understood the importance of what he allowed into his eyes. When faced with the temptation of lust, Job proclaimed,

  • “I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?” Job‬ ‭31:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

When I received my new Florida drivers license it specified that I need to wear corrective lenses when I drive. In essence, I made a covenant with my eyes to be given the privilege to drive. I know how dangerous it is to drive without my glasses. In the same way I need to make a covenant with my spiritual eyes. I need to give my eyes to the Lord and use them for His glory.

When I set my eyes apart for the Lord, when I covenant to use them for His glory, my mind, soul, and body are filled with light. His Word becomes my daily focus. His glory becomes my daily pursuit. His will becomes my daily prayer. If ever there was a day when I needed my spiritual eyes to be 20-20 – it is today!

Lord, help me to make a covenant with my eyes today. Help me to give my eyes to Your light. Fill my heart, soul, mind, and body with Your light and lead me in the pathway of Your righteousness. And, if my eyes begin to wander, convict me and correct me by Your Holy Spirit.

Let the light in me be Your light!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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