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Monday, January 9, 2012

You Are What You See!

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Luke 11:34-36     "The lamp of the body is the eye.  therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light.  But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.  Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light (NKJV)."

We've all heard the phrase "you are what you eat," and it's true:  Garbage in, garbage out.  If you eat junk, you'll be unhealthy.  If you eat nourishing food, you will have energy, and be able to do more of the things you enjoy because you take care of the body God has given you. 

There is another way that we take things in, and it's arguably more important to control this area of input than any other.  Our eyes are the windows to our soul.  What we view can deeply, permanently impact us for the good or the bad, depending on what we're viewing. 

As we focus on things that are good, specifically God's teaching, our eyes will be good; full of light.  Our spirits will be filled with the power, wisdom, and strength we need not only to survive, but also to fulfill God's plans for our day.  This is why David said in Psalm 101:3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.  If our heart's desire is to be like Jesus, then we must look intently into His word.  We must spend time in His presence and allow Him to "recharge" our spiritual batteries.  As we go throughout our day, we should seek out conversation that uplifts, music that edifies, and entertainment that is worthy to dwell upon. 

But if we focus on the images that surround us in this world; images of photo-shopped women's bodies, images of violence, images of materialism and self-indulgence, our eyes become bad and full of darkness.  When all we take in is advertisements for the next "must-have" thing, we become completely turned inward.  All we seek is our own comfort and advancement.  Ironically, as we're whole-heartedly pursuing this pleasure, it evades us.  We reach and reach, only to find it just beyond our grasp.  It might momentarily satisfy, but it never truly meets our needs.

If our eyes are full of the world, then we look just like the world.  We cannot be used by God, because if He's not in our eyes, then He's not on the throne of our heart.  Our priorities are confused.  Thankfully, we can correct the problem.  All we must do, if we find ourselves in this situation, is to cry out to Jesus, apologize for getting wrapped up in the world, and return our focus to Him. 

The more we look on Him, the more we become like Him.  As we allow Jesus' teachings into our heart, it affects our outlook.  We will become that shining light just by going about our daily lives.  We will become that city on a hill which cannot be hidden, and the light of His love will in turn penetrate the darkness, and draw others to the truth. 

So what color eyes do you have?

source:  Nelson's NKJV Study Bible

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the picture :)