Jesus teaches us today that the intake of the body is the lamp of the eye. What are you looking upon? What are you taking in with your eyes? Are these things filling you up with light or with darkness? What we put in will likely come right back out-are you full of light?
33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
How’s your lamp shining? We’ve heard Jesus speak about this before in Luke 8, yet he repeats himself, obviously because this is important stuff. We are to shine before others so that they can see the light within us. We know that the light we want them to see is Jesus, yet how do we do that? How do we shine the light of the Lord effectively?
Jesus shares here that the intake of the body is the lamp of the eye. Funny – he goes from talking about shining outward to talking about absorbing the light inward. When our eyes are healthy, our whole bodies are full of light. When our eyes are unhealthy, our bodies are full of darkness.
What are you looking upon? What are you taking in with your eyes? Are these things filling you up with light or with darkness? The goal is for us to be so full of light that no part of us is dark. We are to be as full of light as if a lamp is shining upon us.
Well… that’s a kick in the pants isn’t it? That’s enough to out our lazy addictions to trash TV, skanky magazines, gossip rags, porn, and even social media, isn’t it? What we watch and look at influences what is on the inside of our lives. And then it comes out again. In darkness.
In Philippians 4, Paul lays out his ideas of what we should be taking in to maintain the light within us:
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
So look upon these things. Take these things in with our eyes. And fill our hearts with light…