“The eye is the lamp of the body.
If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.”
(Matthew 6:22 NIV)
“You need to have your cataracts removed,” my optometrist said and referred me to an eye surgeon.
My vision blurred imperceptibly over the years. Driving at night on country roads between church and home was a nightmare. Approaching headlights became painful starbursts. Formerly colorful reflections faded into dismal blurs.
The morning of my cataract consultation arrived. A few minutes with the surgeon left me fraught with more questions than answers. The doctor explained the pros and cons of the different replacement lenses. I decided to have my far-sighted vision and astigmatism corrected. I look forward to laying aside my everyday glasses and only needing reading glasses occasionally.
The Apostle Matthew said that having good, restored vision is required to serve effectively in the Kingdom of God. In order for us to correctly receive and reflect His pure light, our lamp, our eyes must be clear and clean. If we look at unholy things through cloudy lenses, we will be filled with gloomy, ungodly things.
I ask myself these questions about God’s light:
- What do I allow into my mind and heart that could deflect God’s light or cover it up?
- What darkness in my life needs God’s radiance to dissolve it?
- Am I an effective witness for Christ, humbly flashing pure light into the dark hearts of those around me?
The wicked prefer darkness. They hide from God’s piercing light of Truth. We are called to be bold, pure instruments of Christ’s light in this dark world.
I will honor and trust God with my eyes and my vision, so He can fill me with his holy, pure light. I hope you will, too!