“‘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.