Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus said, "The eye is the lamp of the body, if your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.”
Lights and lamps illuminate and brighten so we can see. They make things visible and clear. Lights have two main features, on and off. However, modern technology has allowed lights to feature a “dimmer.”
Modern society has also flooded our eyes with opportunities for unhealthy immersion. Almost everywhere we turn, sinful themes are waiting to penetrate our eyes and hearts through popular entertainment such as TV shows, movies, books, and social media. Our engagement with these sinful themes can slowly or quickly create an unhealthy viewing appetite or a complete obsession; making our bodies full of dim light or darkness.
When Jesus said our eye is the lamp of our body, He pointed to a direct correlation between our eyes and our spiritual health. Our eyes are gatekeepers which illuminate the path to our hearts. If our lamp setting is off or on dim, our hearts aren't getting much light. What is in our hearts spills over into every area of our lives, including our interactions with family members, friends, those in authority, and strangers.
In Psalm 101:3, David wrote about conducting the affairs of his house with a blameless heart and not looking with approval on anything vile. The command is clear. God’s standards are high, and ours should be as well. We must not be entertained by sin.
Lord, may purity begin in my own heart first. May my body be full of light because my eyes do not entertain sin. May the light in my body and life bring others to a saving faith in Christ.
By Irene Sposato