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
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!