Monday, July 26, 2010

The Lamp of the Body

In my devotion time this morning two verses stood out above all the rest. The verses were the following:

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! (Matthew 6:22-23 NKJV)

Jesus makes reference to a major problem of the Pharisees. They believed that wealth was an outward sign of God's blessing and they wanted to make sure that everyone saw how "blessed" they were. Therefore, they became consumed with financial gain. We see that almost everything the Pharisees did was for "appearance". Jesus had just finished talking about the wrong motive of giving, fasting, and praying. Practicing these with the goal of being seen would produce no Spiritual benefit. Therefore, we must keep check on our motives for our actions.

The use of our eyes will reveal what is most important to us. If our goal every waking moment is to watch ESPN then we will have the tv on and set to that channel every day. If our love is horror movies then we will rent them or go to the theater to watch them. Whatever our heart's desire, our eyes will consume.

Jesus said that if our eye was good our whole body would be full of light. If Christ is in your heart and Lord of your life then your eyes will be focused toward Him and His ways. You will be reading His Word and seeking His Will. The result will be a life that illuminates Christ.

What are your eyes are focused on? Is it Christ or something else?

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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