Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.”
Maybe I’m one of the few who read this verse and was confused by it. It seems simple enough, but there is an assumption here that should not be overlooked. My assumption was this: If the light is in you, it should shine outward. This verse says the opposite; this verse is saying that what your eye beholds manifests itself on the inside. What’s the deal here?
I now understand this verse. Jesus is telling us that what we look upon determines what we become! If we look upon the negative, the sinful, and the fallen, we will become dark on the inside. If we look upon Him and His glory, then we will become light inside. Paul speaks of this as well in 2 Corinthians 3:18, which says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image (of Christ) from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (parenthetical mine) We may surmise from this beautiful verse that we are transformed through a process of gazing upon the glory of the Lord spiritually by the working of His Holy Spirit. This, my friends, is walking in the Kingdom! Also, in Phillipians 4:8 Paul says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are pure, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.” So in our modern vernacular: Good input = Good output. The logical conclusion is that eventually the light shines outward; but in order to be in this state of illumination, it requires that we behold His glory. We also think on the positives in the world around us because all things good and lovely are manifestations of His glory in the natural.
What do you look at? Do we look at the world, are we influenced by the world, and do we define ourselves by the outward influences? Or do we not know that by looking inward to the Spirit that He will define who we really are, He will influence how we live, and He will give us the Truth?
Grace is awesome, but what you do with that gift determines the maturity of the inner person! Walking in the Kingdom of God requires effort on our part to not only pursue the intimacy with God but to also focus our eyes on the beauty of life all around us. What are you looking at?
Other “Kingdom Notes” posts: Wild Goose Chase, and “Let Your Light Shine”, and “The Kingdom Within”, Greater than John the Baptist?