The Eyes of your Understanding

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Jesus continues on His teaching of how to keep the world out of your walk with God. He gives a simple illustration. He compares the function of the eye for the body with the influence of one’s life controlling perspective on the heart.

The eye acts as the source of light for the body. A good eye fills the body with light and a bad eye leaves the body in darkness. As the eye is the window by which the whole body is either lighted or darkened depending on its condition, so the eyes of your understanding determine whether the spirit of man is flooded with illumination or darkness. It is tragic enough to be physically blind, but when the spirit is denied true sight, how much deeper is that darkness of the soul.

The spiritual vision is clouded by an unhealthy preoccupation with material things. This is one reason so many people cannot see the gospel and understand the Bible. It does not fit the world’s importance of wealth. With Jesus it is all or nothing, either we give all and receive everything or we living in darkness and receive nothing.

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Our eyes need to be set on the things of God and not the things in the world. The things of God are light and life. The things of the world are death.

This lesson is well expressed in the words of this hymn; “For we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the altar we lay; for the favor He shows and the joy He bestows are for those who trust and obey.”

Keep the eye of your understanding open to God.


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