Eyes As Lamps

June 24, 2012 admin

June 20, 2012

oil lamp“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6/22

This enigmatic verse is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, a sermon covering 3 chapters in Matthew’s gospel.

Read it, and you’ll find it very different from the messages we hear today. In part, that was because Jesus used Jewish wisdom sayings: a chain of several short, pithy concepts illustrated by parables to demonstrate the radical principles of His Kingdom, and the conduct exhibited by those entering into it.

At about the mid-point of His lecture, Jesus wedges this verse – about the eye as the lamp of the body – between instruction on laying up treasures in heaven (v.19-21), and a warning about the love of money (v24).

But the contextual key to interpretation is the verse immediately before (v.21): “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I think Jesus is calling His followers to drastically redefine value.

But unlike the myriad advertising messages that bombard us in the 21st century, Jesus wants us to recognize that which is real, authentic and genuine.

If the values of a culture are reflected by who is paid the most, what would an observer identify as being the apex of priority in our western culture. Would the demand to be entertained not rank at the top?

But as Christ-followers, we must think and live counter-culturally – recognizing that each of us has deep needs of the soul that only the Lord can address.

As our eyes perceive His value proposition, our lives will increasingly be “full of light.”

Takeaway: if someone were to look at my bank statement or my activity calendar, what would they determine to be my life priorities, those things I value most?