Yesterday my family treated me to an awesome Birthday full of memories and fun. They whisked me off to Leavenworth, WA where we did a toboggan roller coaster, had crepes, ziplining, and just wonderful time together. I am so very blessed to have the family I do.
My reading today is Luke 33-36 which follows in the Amplified.
No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or crypt or under a bushel measure, but on a lampstand, that those who are coming in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye (your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office, your body is full of darkness. Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness. If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright [with light], as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light. Luke 11:33-36 [AMP]
This is a very well-known passage of Jesus talking about the witness of those in the past of other prophets like Jonah and yet the One they have with them now is greater. When Jesus talks about the ‘eye’ being the lamp of the body, the amplified called this your conscience and I think ‘your perspective’ is another good definition. What you fill your eyes with impacts the whole body. The eyes have a job that is involved in almost everything the rest of the body does. When the eyes have a singlemindedness focused on good, then the whole body will do good. However, when the eyes are focused on evil then the ‘whole’ body is consumed with darkness.
Another point that I takeaway is what verse 33 says about hiding the light. It’s not that it can’t be seen if it is hidden, it also cannot fill the space with light. Meaning, its not just to be seen but to illuminate.
Are my eyes fixed on RIGHTEOUSNESS? Have I really taken the perspective that what I fill my eyes with is in direct relation to the state of the rest of my body. Do I allow myself to watch movies, ‘reels’, or any other content that is not filling my body with the light of uprightness? Am I allowing the light of my ‘Walk with Jesus’ to fill the spaces I occupy?