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Adjust Your Focus

 

December 9

 

Read Matthew 6:22-23 (ESV)

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

 

Reflect

How do our eyes work? Given that, what might it mean to have healthy spiritual eyes?

 

A few years ago, I injured my eyes twice in one year while playing with my kids. Both times, I was diagnosed with corneal abrasions, or scratched eyes. It was extremely painful and I was temporarily unable to see out of the injured eye.

 

In today’s verses, Jesus made a comparison between our eyes and our souls. But if you’re like me, you might need to brush up on your anatomy and physiology for Jesus’ teaching to make sense. How do our eyes work and what does this have to do with our souls?

 

First, light comes in through the clear covering of the eye called the cornea. The iris is the colored part of our eyes that control how much light comes in through the pupil by contracting or dilating it. The lens bends the light to help our eyes focus on something. And then, light hits the retina which has photoreceptor cells that turn the light into electrical signals and transmit them to the brain via the optic nerve. Our brains translate those signals into images that we see. The way that God designed our eyes is incredible!

 

But as I figured out a couple of years ago, when my eye went bad, light was not entering my body correctly and I temporarily suffered a vision loss. Thankfully, my eyes have healed and my sight is restored. Praise God for that!

 

But knowing how the eyes work helps us understand what Jesus was getting at when He said our eyes are the “lamp of the body.” Our eyes allow light to enter our bodies so that we can see. If we have vision issues or blindness, our eyes will not bring in light and our bodies will not interpret that light correctly. After all, good vision is more than just being able to see well. Our brains have to be able to discern and comprehend the signal that the optic nerve is sending it.

 

Spiritually speaking, our eyes take in the environment around us. But what we take in matters. We can focus our eyes on things that bring spiritual light into our lives or spiritual darkness. We have to be careful because Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). We need to exercise discernment to be able to perceive light and darkness correctly. Jesus said that if we are filled with light that is really darkness, how great is the darkness in us!

 

How can we make sure our eyes are taking in good light? We need to adjust our focus. What do we glance at? What do we stare at? How does it impact the choices we make? Has what you looked at ever led down a dark path? I know my eyes have led me astray. What I look at and focus on influences my behavior.

 

So what should we focus on? Paul gives us the answer in 2 Corinthians 3:8, Paul wrote: “And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is Spirit.” When we look at Jesus and focus on Him, we become more like Him! We become what we behold!

 

Friends, what we take in through our eyes has the ability to change our hearts! Focusing on the Light of the World transforms us. But if we lose our focus on Him, we are susceptible to the darkness. I encourage you to take some time today to consider the health of your spiritual eyes. Are your eyes letting in His light or a false light that is really just darkness disguised? If you are walking in the spiritual darkness of the world, I encourage you to shift your focus. Turn your eyes on to Jesus and His glory.

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You for bringing light into my spiritual darkness. I confess that sometimes I focus on the things of this world rather than setting my sights on You. Help me to shift my focus. I want to look upon Your glory and have it transform me. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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8 months ago
this is awesome stuff
8 months ago
Powerful word
8 months ago
Thank you God that you're the light, help me to focus on you and trust you in all things.
8 months ago
Lord Jesus, Your Word to us is that we must not follow after the lust of the eyes. In order to fill our bodies with heavenly light, please help us to fix our gaze on those things that please You. Lord, help us to avoid peering into the dark deeds of this world.
8 months ago
Dear Lord, help me to shift my focus, I want to look upon Your glory and have it transform me. Thank you.
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