Your Eye Is the Lamp of Your Body

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.” (Lk 11:34, NIV)

Light represents goodness, purity, holiness, and truth. Darkness represents sin, evil, and Satan. The eye is an analogy of the inclinations of the heart. If our hearts are set on the material possessions of this world, we are spiritually blind and lose our direction in life.

Jesus’ statement, “the lamp of the body is the eye” occurs at two different occasions (Mt 6:22 and Lk 11:34). In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus teaches us about treasures (19-21), the eye as the lamp of the body (22, 23), and worry (24-34). All three sections point to the need to serve God wholeheartedly. The first step of faith is to believe that the heavenly Father will provide for us, and the next step is to store up treasures in heaven and to do good deeds. If we focus our eyes on both God and our own treasures, our eyes will become dim and we may lose our direction. We must be dedicated in serving God. We cannot serve both God and mammon. Loving and serving mammon means laying up treasures on earth. It means having our minds on earthly things and serving our fleshly desires. If we are more interested in the stock market trends than in reading the Bible, meditating on God’s words, and pursuing righteousness, then our spiritual eyes may be obscured. Our values and goals in life determine whether we are walking in the way that God desires.

In Luke 11:29–33, Jesus shed light on His identity, yet the Pharisees were stubborn and hard-hearted. They accused Jesus and demanded signs. Their hearts were filled with darkness. Jesus once told the Pharisees that, even though they could see clearly physically, they were deliberately choosing to be blind spiritually. We need to open our spiritual eyes to the truth of the gospel by being receptive to the message we hear; but if we succumb to pride, hurt, or rebellion against God’s expectations for our behavior, darkness will blind us.

If we want to be filled with the true light, we have to turn from sin and ask God to open our spiritual eyes. What are the things in our life that may obscure our sight? Let us guard our hearts and souls by guarding our eyes.

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