3.29.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 58. Motive.

Yesterday we were speaking on healthy eyes and the that is brought into our lives through the vision of healthy eyes. Jesus continues this thought in Matthew 6:23:

“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

In this part of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–2), Jesus is using sight and blindness—light and darkness—as a metaphor to illustrate his teaching on stockpiling treasure in heaven. In keeping with the theme of chapter 5, this involves making right choices out of sincere devotion to God. In this specific teaching, He has warned against storing up treasure on earth, rather than treasure in heaven. Unhealthy reliance on worldly wealth reflects greed; God, not the world, ultimately provide what we need.

Jesus has just noted that the eye is the lamp of the body in yesterday’s devotion and verse. A healthy eye perceives light and transmits that information to the body. In a poetic sense, a functioning eye floods the body with light. Light allows a person to see and operate in the world according to what is true (Proverbs 4:18–19; Matthew 4:16; 5:13; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6).

Here, He adds the counterpoint to His metaphor. An eye that is bad—one that is blind or injured—lets no light into the body. This is true both spiritually and physically. The inner part of the person remains cloaked in darkness, and it is a powerful darkness.

What makes the “spiritual” eye blind or unhealthy? In the context of Jesus’ metaphor, serving money instead of serving God causes a person’s spiritual eyes to be blind. That wrong priority is like a cataract that blocks light—it’s a spiritual flaw that interferes with truth. This results in inner darkness. Serving God by making right choices and storing up “treasure” or rewards in heaven is like having a good eye, flooding a person’s inner world with the light of God’s righteousness.

Once again it comes down to our priorities, our motives, what drives us. Each day, when you wake up, what is the thought that is coming into your head? Do you wake with prayer, with some meditation, worship? Or…do you wake with thoughts about how today is going to be so very busy, so crazy that you won’t have time for anything. The difference is huge. Giving a day over to God first changes perspective, changes priorities and changes the motivation for the day.

Better is one day with God than a thousand elsewhere….

7 Comments

  1. Suzanne R on March 29, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Unfortunately, I am not a morning person. I barely give myself enough time to get out the door “on time”. I know I need to make time for devotions, in the am, but……. it is a struggle.

    • Sherri H on March 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      I hear ya Suzanne im the same way but I do take a break once I’ve been working for a bit and at least read some scriptures n always have my Christian radio station on

      • Suzanne R on March 29, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        I only have The Family Life Christian Station on in the car, as well.

  2. Diane J on March 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    I agree with Suzanne that I Am Not a Morning Person My daily routine is make the coffee and read devotions when it is a day I have to work I plug in a Christian C D.

    • Suzanne R on March 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      I only listen to a Christian radio station. Weekends I do the same as you, coffee and devotions.

  3. Patti S on March 29, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    What I did this morning, was start by reading this devotional. Then, I switched to worldly stuff. Got completely caught up in my work schedule, the news, my emails, my texts…………..

    So interesting to realize, I think I spent 5 minutes with God this morning. And so-so, so much more time in the world. And that was before coffee.

    Makes me wonder, how did Jesus do it everyday? I know in Scripture it says he ‘went away to spend time in prayer, with the Father’. But how did He do it in every minute of everyday?

    How much more can God use me, if I sit more with Him?

    Because of Him

  4. Suzanne on March 30, 2021 at 5:17 am

    my goal is to wake up saying, out loud, in the first person…

    Psalm 118:24

    24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us (I will) rejoice and be glad in it.

    I think these scriptures, as a part of a continual flow, can lead into starting the day with God.

    Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

    Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!

    Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

    Psalm 59:16 But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.

    Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord;
    consider my groaning.
    2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
    my King and my God,
    for to you do I pray.
    3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

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