Last week, my pastor posted on his blog a reminder to protect our eyes.
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)
This passage of Scripture has had one of the greatest impacts on my life. And his story has branded an image in my mind of the importance of protecting my spiritual eyes.
Outside of BK’s message, these words of Christ are often used solely to remind us to keep our eyes fixed on the pure and holy. And many assume only the obvious. Keeping the eyes away from wicked and evil. A list of no’s and do not’s. Steering clear from pornography and such. This is all very wise, indeed.
But, we often remove the eye verses from the context of the scriptures above and below.
And, as my friend Cody once advised when discussing this passage with me,
God isn’t attention deficit.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:19-21, 24)
Did Jesus have a moment of being scattered in His thoughts when He warned us to keep our eyes good in the midst of advising where to store treasures? A short attention span, maybe? And then getting back on track to return His conversation to the topic of possessions?
If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. (Matthew 6:22b)
Unified and clear.
Unrivaled. Unshared. Undivided.
Sole vision ushering in soul health.
In union with Christ. With the Word. With treasures in heaven. Devoted to God.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. (Matthew 6:23a KJV)
Treasures on earth.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)
Confidence in wealth.
A filling of selfish gain.
Lust of flesh. Pride of life. Lust of eye.
Worldly riches and the applause of men.
The secular, sensual self in competition with the One True God.
Jesus puts the ball in our court.
The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.
If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light. (Luke 11:34-36)
Take heed. Listen. And obey.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. (Matthew 6:25 KJV)
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (Matthew 6:31 KJV)
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. (Matthew 6:34 KJV)
Take no consideration. The thought is readily available. Waiting to be grasped. Beckoning a welcome.
Take no thought.
And then, with all the no’s…
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
The take no thought becomes a distant struggle when we seek ye first.
With solitary and purposed vision.
United with God’s sight.
Full of Light.
Single-eye living with an undivided heart laying up treasures in heaven.