“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.” Matthew 6:22-23a
The “eye” Jesus is referring to here is the mind. He is addressing what we choose to focus on and think about during the day. Because our minds are the control centers of our bodies, however we process the information surrounding us in this world determines how we live our lives. Our bodies will follow behind the choices our minds make.
Jesus simply explains here that if our minds are good - if they are focused on whatever things are true, noble, just, pure and lovely - then our bodies will follow behind and our lives will be full of the light and power of God. On the other hand, if our minds are bad - if they are blurred and blinded by prejudices and lusts - then our bodies will follow behind and will take us to to dark places that will only harm and empty us.
So, what do we daydream about? What consumes our minds? Why type of thoughts are filling up those squishy things in our skulls? John Stott wrote, “Just as our eye affects our whole body, so our ambition affects our whole life. Just as a seeing eye gives light to the body, so a noble and single minded ambition to serve God and man adds meaning to life and throws light on everything we do. Again, just as blindness leads to darkness, so an ignoble and selfish ambition plunges us into moral darkness. It makes us intolerant, inhuman, ruthless and deprives life of all ultimate significance.”
Join us on Sunday as we open Matthew 6:19-24 where Jesus will present us all with the most basic yet important question we could ask ourselves: “God or Mammon?”
God bless you all and hope to see you there!
This Sunday is Potluck Sunday so bring your favorite dish to share and invite a friend or family member to join us for a great day of fellowship!