Verse 34 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.
Yesterday we talked about how we are tarnished lights when we are living a life addicted to sin. Today we learn what it means to be spiritually healthy.
Our verse today is not talking strictly about our physical eyes. While it is the eye that observes light and uses light as its tool for seeing, the eye is also a way that darkness comes into our lives. The psalmist, David, knew the danger of this when he said, “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.” (Psalm 101:3a) It is so easy to think that seeing or watching something that is sinful is not a big deal but the truth is that if we let those images in we will come to find that darkness is seeping in.
We like to think that because we are Christians that we don’t have to worry about the darkness coming in and taking over in our lives because we have the Light of the world with us. Yet, the fact of the matter is that we need to be more intentional than ever about what we let into our eyes and thereby our hearts and minds.
When was the last time that we turned the channel or turned the TV or movie off because of the content being sinful? It is easier to say that we are intentional than it is to actually take the needed steps to keep our light shining pure. It is true that no one may know what we have watched or read but it isn’t about what other people know but rather what is coming in between us and Christ.
We are to be like the moon. Just as the moon reflects the sun we are to shine in pure reflection of the Son. When the world comes between us not only do we lose our light but we take on whatever shape of the world that is between us and the Son. If we truly belong to Christ we will want to reflect Him fully. When we start taking on the shadow of the world in our lives we stop being able to shine for Him in the darkness. If we aren’t shining for Him, what use are we to the Kingdom?
Our spiritual health is reflected in how much light is shining from our lives, both individually and as a Church family.
Making It Personal
How is your spiritual health? Are you experiencing a spiritual eclipse? What steps do you need to take to get the full light of the Son reflecting in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
Why does light show that you are closer to Jesus than the world? What should you do if something sinful comes on the TV or movie that you are watching? What is something you can do to show that Jesus is the most important person to you?
Father, please help us become keenly aware anytime the world is coming between You and us. Father, help us come to love You as You desire to be loved. In Jesus’ name, amen.