Wednesday, April 6, 2011
When Thine Eye is Single...
The eye is designed for light. It responds so sensitively to every change in conditions. It is perhaps the most remarkable organ of many.
Light comes from above. It is intrinsically good. It brings health, guidance, comfort, discovery and safety. It exposes evil. It can instantly drive away darkness, no matter how small the candle.
But if the process is reversed and the sentinel is used for other than God-intended purposes, 'how great is the darkness' and danger!
Hear Jesus on this:
34. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Let there be no duplicity of purpose or focus. The light will leave. Jesus is looking for undiluted attention to His ways, to His ethic, to His light. Elsewhere He calls Himself the light of the world.
It bears repeating - let your eye be single. A reinforcing passage is found in Philippians 4, and it just makes good common sense for discipleship and for mental health:
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Note: It is a day to consider eyes. My 60th birthday. Heard from my old friend Jamie, a basketball chum from high school days and law school days. I had suffered a loss of use of my right eye from an accident when very young. Jamie had lost similarly his left eye. Basketball coach Brian and team-mates used to kid us about our respective blind spots. Jamie's 60th was three days ago as well. Friend, read Isaiah 60 and get excited!