Friday, May 6, 2011

5/6/11 - The Eye Is The Lamp Of The Body

Matthew 6:22-23

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be. "
Have you ever spent any time thinking about this verse, and what Jesus is actually saying?  I spent some time meditating on this last night, and here's my opinion.  
A sound eye is an eye that seeks God. It has spiritual perspective.  It certainly sees the worldly and deals with it as necessary for daily life, but a sound eye has a keen sense of the eternal -- the things that truly last.  It is discerning, and it considers God's will as it takes in the view.
A sound eye doesn't focus on the created.  A person with a sound eye looks at the created, and sees the reflection of the creator.  And he treats what he sees accordingly. . 
A sound eye isn't lustful.   A man with a sound eye doesn't look at a woman as an object of desire.  That type of eye lets the darkness in. A man with a sound eye understands that people are created in God's image, and treats them with that respect.
A sound eye isn't prideful.  A person with a sound eye doesn't perceive the world and form opinions based on how the world affects him -- what he doesn't like, what makes him mad, how he is inconvenienced, how he can conquer, how he can gain, how he can get what he wants, or how he can win. A man with an eye that sees the world from pride, selfishness, and greed lets the darkness in.
A sound eye is humble.  A person with a sound eye truly (NOT FALSELY) sees himself as meek.  He understands that he is fully dependant on God.  He does not try to do things without God's help or outside of God's will.  He accepts troubles as part of life on earth, and doesn't pass judgements on others because of them.  He is confident in his heavenly Father.
It's really worth thinking about.  Jesus wouldn't have said it if it weren't true.

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