3.28.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 57. Light.

“‘The eye is the lamp of the body; so then, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” – Matthew 6:22

The eyes are for sure the way that we experience light. It’s how we see the world and the light in it.

The mind and thoughts—our awareness of the outside world—depends on the light being perceived by the eyes. In the verse we’ll look at tomorrow, Jesus notes that the reverse is also true. Faulty eyes don’t perceive and transmit light, effectively cloaking the inner and outer world in darkness for that person.

Scripture often uses light as a metaphor for truth, goodness, and understanding (Proverbs 4:18–19; Matthew 4:16; 5:13; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus’ point here is about perception. Focusing hope and aspirations on temporary, earthly treasure indicates greed or lack of faith in God to provide. This spiritual flaw is to the heart what a cataract or injury is to the eye. It effectively creates darkness, on the inside, by failing to perceive and transmit “light.” Blocking the light of spiritual truth leads to inner darkness filled with moral corruption. It is like being blind.

On the contrary, focusing on sincere devotion to God and right living is like having clear, healthy eyes: it allows the light of God’s righteousness into a person’s heart.

Clear. Healthy. Right. Words that describe the state of an eye that is working right…also, a life that is working right. When we focus our eyes and our attentions on temporary, earthly treasures, earthly things, it clearly shows our lack of faith in the God that we believe in and serve.

Our eyes should be fixed on Him and only Him. The temptations of the world continue to erode our vision of what is good, right and Godly. But….Jesus.

8 Comments

  1. Diane J on March 28, 2021 at 8:22 am

    So true like when the disciples were in the boat Jesus said get out of the boat it took trust and faith to believe Jesus was on control not my plan but his pops in my head often in God’s time things in my life will come to be what it is supposed to be

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 28, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      So true Diane. That was truly an incredible act of faith. To get of the boat, stand on the water and believe in Jesus’ power to sustain….breathtaking.

  2. Jonathan B on March 28, 2021 at 9:49 am

    All to Jesus. Happy Palm Sunday to all.

    • Peggy F on March 28, 2021 at 11:24 am

      thank you Jonathan !! Blessings to you !!!

  3. Peggy F on March 28, 2021 at 11:41 am

    What a beautiful day to have this devotion as we begin the passion of Jesus in holy week. As we focus only on Him and the sacrifice He made for us all. Jesus paid my debt to God!!! It is finished !!! Paid in full !!! Amen !!!

    Hebrews 12: 2, ………looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…

    Psalm 119: 130 The entrance of Your word gives light; It gives understanding to the simple

    Micah 7:8 ” Do not gloat over me my enemy! / Though I have fallen, I will rise , thou I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my LIGHT

    Psalm 119: 105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a LIGHT on my path !!!!

  4. Patti S on March 28, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    What stood out for me is,
    ‘Our eyes fixed on Him’
    (I like to use the word ‘choose’)

    I have peace in this world when ‘I choose to fix my eyes on Him’.

    But man It’s going to be AWESOME to see Him, face to face!

    Because of Him

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 28, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      as we focus on Him, the prayer would be that all else would be secondary and would fade from view…that’s the prayer…how often do we put it into practice…that’s another conversation…

  5. Sherri H on March 28, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Amen

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