Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
What is your Heavenly Wattage at?
A light-bulbs are categorized by their power in a factor called wattage. We know wattage in terms of 40 watts, 60, 100, 125, etc. Each level of wattage produces a level of brightness that is visible and noticeable to all who walk into a room with a lamp or light fixture on.
Jesus tells us that the lamp of the body is the eye. If our eye is good, our whole body will be full of light and if our eye is bad our whole body will be full of darkness. Our eye is like the wattage on a light-bulb and what we are setting our eyes on will either give us light or burn out the bulb and turn our heart towards darkness.
When Jesus says these words in the gospel of Matthew, he is in the middle of discussing wealth and the love of money. I believe that this reference to what our eye is on is not just a reference to physically looking at something “appropriate” or “inappropriate” but I believe he is talking about our “mind’s eye” and what we are looking at and pursuing.
The world is very tempting place as temptation is I believe the only weapon of the devil. He will try and tempt us with lust, greed, money, power, fame, adultery, immorality…you name it, and he will try and get your eye on it.
So the question of the day is…what is your eye focused on?
Look at from 2 perspectives:
(1) Literally, what is your eye looking at? Are you watching movies, TV shows, internet sites and pictures that you shouldn’t be? Every time we may, I believe we separate ourselves from God’s presence because God is a holy God and anything that is not holy is not allowed to be near Him. Anytime we allow the things of this world that are “bad” to come into contact with our eye, it sinks into our heart and creates darkness and separation from God. If we fill ourselves up with the Word of God, worship music, prayer, etc. We are literally focusing our eye on the light of God and our wattage may illuminate so bright you won’t be able to contain it!
(2) Figuratively, what is your eye focusing on? Are your motives set on His desires or your own? Jesus taught us to pray the “Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:10 when He says “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” I believe what Jesus is teaching is that our eye must always be focused on the plans of God the Father not on our selfish ambitions to continue to be filled with His light and His purposes. I think this is something that we must refocus each and everyday as everyday brings new temptation and challenges.
When our eyes are set on Heaven and God’s purposes, we fill our entire being with the light of God our wattage goes up and the light of God shines brighter and brighter. The Bible teaches that God increases in us from glory to glory to glory!
Let’s shine so bright that the whole world sees and is drawn to the power and love of Christ that dwells within!
In Christ Jesus,
– Posted by Pastor Aaron Bagwell using BlogPress from the iPad – http://www.aaronbagwell.org