All Light {Lessons from the Mount Part 2}

There’s a beautiful passage in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that I return to every now and then. At times, I’d wrestled with it, willing it to be absorbed in my system and to know what it really means.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Mat. 6:22-23)

For a long time, as I battled against my illness, I had wondered if this passage could help me in a way. I had toyed with the idea that maybe, if my body was full of light, I couldn’t be sick and suffering still. A good thought. But how to make that happen, I really didn’t know where to begin. It’s only recently that I was able to grasp its meaning.

We only have two eyes, but we easily set our sights on a multitude of things. Whatever and wherever we set our eyes on, that determines the amount of light (or lack thereof) we let into our beings. The Bible tells us to look unto God our Savior:

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
for I am God,
and there is none else. (Is. 45:22)

But often, we look into the world, too, and its temptations. Sometimes, we find it hard to tear our eyes away from them as our senses lap up their offerings. We look and our eyes land on material things and pleasures. What we are really doing is absorbing darkness into our beings. For if we don’t exercise discernment, wise judgment, and self-control, the things we focus our eyes on can morph into covetousness, idolatry, envy, comparison, competition, discontent, self-pity, and all the rest. These things will snuff out our light and make us grope in darkness.

We also look at other people and may use our eyes to judge, condemn, and criticize in our hearts, instead of doing something positive, like extending mercy, showing love, and praying for the salvation of those who err. Do sinners stir our hatred, judgment and condemnation, or mercy? When we look at them, do we look at the persons needing mercy and salvation or their sins, and judge them thus? The Lord Jesus Christ warns: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Mat. 7:1). We have been taught to hate the sin and love the sinner. The absence of love brings up two situations: the absence of light and the presence of darkness.

Our eyes are the gateways into which light (or darkness) enters our bodies and souls. Whatever we’re looking into, that will either energize the light to be brighter still, or dim it until it dies. But we can look unto others, whose lights shine even in darkness, and make them our encouragements and inspirations to be lights in the world in our own ways, too. Focus not on those who can make us stumble.

Most importantly, let our bodies be bathed with the bright, shining light of the Savior and let it be reflected in our lives as we set our eyes on Him. Let love be the proof of our faith.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1-2, emphasis added)

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Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Maria says:

    Thank you for this message & for your blog. Your message today blessed me. Through my daily quiet time with my Heavenly Father in His Word, He has pressed upon my heart that I need to reduce & be more selective about the number of blogs I visit. As He pressed this upon my heart, the Holy Spirit heightened my sensitivity to the messages of the blogs. I discovered that many of the bloggers use the platform to promote themselves,events, sell products & the list goes on. I understand that at times the Holy Spirit will direct bloggers to promote a book, event, other bloggers etc but when that becomes the norm, I have to ask “Is this God’s best for me?” Your blog is the blessed exception. It is clear that you promote Christ and Christ alone. Thank you for that. Your messages are Spirit inspired. I look forward to continuing on this journey with you.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for your kind words about my blog, Maria. I’m so dependent on the Savior for anointing, wisdom, and inspiration (even physical strength) whenever I write. I pray you’ll be blessed by your every visit.

  2. Beautiful photo–with light flooding in from the cross.

  3. Michelle says:

    This post has been a blessing to me today.

    I am visiting from Spiritual Sundays

  4. Mary Geisen says:

    Beautiful! I love your quote-“our eyes are gateways into which light (or darkness) enters our bodies and souls”. Where we focus and on whom we focus can make all the difference in the kind of life that we choose to lead. Blessed to be visiting your from The Weekend Brew today! Happy Weekend!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Amen, Mary! In this fast-paced age of the Internet, it’s so easy to get distracted. But our God is unchanging; let’s focus our eyes on Him.

  5. Such good thoughts to ponder on Rina…thanks for sharing! I’m thinking that we must keep our eyes on Jesus in order to “follow Him”, & how important it is to not get distracted by all those things that you mentioned… thanks for the reminder! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

    • RinaPeru says:

      True, Cynthia. So, let’s turn our eyes upon Jesus, not only in the hour of our need, but in our daily walk. For He is our Shepherd who leads us. Blessings to you.

  6. Barbie says:

    Beautiful and thought provoking. Blessings!

  7. Naomi says:

    What a wonderful message and very enlightening.

  8. Beth says:

    I really grabbed onto the thought that we only have two eyes and yet we let them wander too many places. Focusing on the face of Jesus indeed is a lovely way to lighten my day, my heart, and my life. Thank you for linking with Unforced Rhythms.

  9. Laura says:

    I enjoyed reading your post. Comparison is one thing that I have really been working on in my own life, and I have made some good progress. I like how you explain that we should be offering mercy, rather than judging or condemning. That can be hard sometimes, but I feel that judging, hating, disliking, etc really hardens my heart and causes me to carry around feelings that weigh me down.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Oh, those negative feelings that suck up our peace and joy – let them all go. Squeeze closer to the Savior’s embrace and they cannot prevail. Blessings!

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