Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 19th, 2020
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. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)
The Lamp of the Body
Ever since man learned to make a campfire and then to set up a crude fireplace in his cave or hut, he has enjoyed the by-product of artificial light. The French and English settlers brought the hearth to Canada. In their homes along the St. Lawrence Valley, in the Maritimes, and along the shores of Lake Ontario, the fireplace was the domestic centre, the principle means of cooking and source of warmth. It also provided flickering light, sufficient in a home where everyone worked from sunrise to sunset and went to bed early.
How we see the world, our worldview, depends very much on how we see Jesus. If we reject Him and the message of the Kingdom that He brought, we will see the world one way – without hope and without any promise of eternity. However, if we see Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords, the Saviour who lay His life down for others that we might be saved, then we will consistently see all of life in light of eternity. Jesus speaks to this in Matthew 6:22-23: “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. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Jesus uses an interesting analogy here – the eye is the lamp of the body – or as some translations put it, your body. Jesus isn’t speaking about our physical eye here, but our spiritual eye. What is your view of Jesus? How you live your life in this world, and what awaits you in eternity, depends on your response.
These have been words from the heart.