People of Light
Having Healthy Eyes
Scripture Reading: Luke 11: 33-36
Key Verse: Luke 11:34
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.”
Jesus’s teaching is full of parables and illustrations so that everyone, no matter their background, can understand what it means to follow Him.
Today we are looking at another illustration of what it means to be People of Light. Jesus uses the illustration of our eyes. If our eyes are healthy, they supply all the light we need. However, if our eyes are not healthy, then the result is darkness. The spiritual application seems obvious: People of Light must keep their spiritual eyes healthy.
To keep our eyes healthy, we must be careful what we allow our eyes to take in. This is one case where it is different for every believer. I could give you my personal convictions, but that would not necessarily make it true for you. Each of us must listen to our hearts as we take in the things of this world and decide what things to eliminate.
Here are a couple of examples.
When you are watching a TV show or a movie, have you had moments when you did not feel good about what you were watching? I have. In that moment as I listen to my heart, it forms my personal convictions. What feels bad to me about a particular show may affect another believer differently; they might feel okay about watching same show.
Another example is about our computers or smartphones. These days, a person can find unhealthy things to look at with a simple click.
Can you think of a time when something popped up on your smartphone and tempted you to look? At that point, you decided what you allowed your eyes to take in. It may be a decision between something that is not sinful per se, but something that is not beneficial to your walk with God.
We can find many more examples of things that lead to unhealthy spiritual eyes.
The point that Jesus is making is that when we allow sinful things to enter our eyes, we allow darkness to cloud our vision of Him. We need healthy eyes to walk in fellowship with Jesus.
1 John 1:7 reminds us:
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Let us be protective of what we allow our eyes to see!
Father, I give You permission to convict me of anything that I am allowing my eyes to see that is not spiritually healthy for me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.