You may also listen to this 4-minute devotional by clicking here
Matthew 6:22-24 (ESV)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
ADJUSTING OUR VISION
When Jesus referred to eyesight in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, residents of Judea did not have modern conveniences like corrective lens or cataract surgeries. If someone’s eyes grew dark, he or she would have had very little hope of seeing clearly again. Such a person would have likely been unable care for themselves. Both their eyesight and their daily routines would have been ‘full of darkness’.
That was one reason why healing the blind was a primary miracle for Jesus. Yet, His work of restoring sight also served as an illustration of His deeper work within the human heart.
Throughout Psalms and Proverbs, the eyes are metaphorically described as a gateway into a person’s soul. When people receive saving grace through faith in Jesus, the ‘eyes of the heart’ become enlightened to the hope, inheritance and power of God (Eph. 1:18-19). In other words, the blind can see!
However, there is also a spiritually blinding disease which comes when people begin to treasure mammon (i.e possessions, money and stuff).
If our ‘eyes’ appropriately view possessions as a means to serve and honor the Lord, then we are living in a healthy relationship with Him and have the ‘antibodies’ to ward off ‘blindness.’ If we view possessions improperly then our soul becomes vulnerable to this dreadful disease.
Symptoms of ‘blindness’ become manifest when we treasure our stuff or believe that our true value increases as our possessions increase. When we act upon thoughts of self-centered accumulation, we are compromised with depravity, become ‘blind’ and may even be led to reject God (1 Tim. 6:9-10).
So what can we do to keep our spiritual vision clear?
In Proverbs, the Lord says, “My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart” (7:1-3). Habits of reading, writing and memorizing Scripture help to us keep our spiritual eyesight clear.
Additionally, the Psalmist wrote, “I will mediate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (119:15). Intentionally thinking and praying upon Scripture throughout the day is another way of correcting our vision.
There are so many beautiful distractions which come through paid advertisements that easily entice our souls towards the idolatry of materialism. Although we could consume less media (which is always a good idea), temptations towards greed are practically unavoidable.
Therefore, our eyes will only be ‘full of light’ if we have daily and weekly routines of treasuring Jesus. What are yours?
Today is a great day to re-adjust our spiritual vision.
Lord, may the things of this earth grow strangely dim as we seek of light of Your beauty and grace. Though Jesus, Amen!