In Luke 11, the words of Jesus are recorded, “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. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy (generous), your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy (stingy), your whole body will be full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 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.”
Our eyes are organs that soak in what we choose to look at. If we fill our vision with things of this world, with wickedness and lust, with hatred and sin, then we fill our selves up with darkness.
But the eyes are also a reflection back to the world of our souls. When our souls are filled with the spirit, a light shines out from us. A light of joy, a light of happiness and generosity, of giving and of peace.
When we look around us at the world today we see the effects of sin. We see a living Babylon and lots of darkness. This reminds of the words of Leonard Sweet in his book AquaChurch 2.0: Piloting your Church in Today’s Fluid Culture (pg 58)
“Light illumines the darkness. If there’s darkness, the blame should be attached where it belongs; not to the world that is dark but to the church, which is failing to provide the light.”
The answer to the darkness in the world is not going to be found in the darkness. It is only going to be found by the power of the Holy Spirit within the called, chosen and faithful followers of Christ. It is only through shining that light that darkness is set back.
John notes in our passage today that: Christ’s eyes are like blazing fire.
Let’s reflect that light!
Jesus – They are attributes of Him and also point to His eternal place as a person of the trinity, not only at creation but active in it and active in everything since – He holds the stars in His hand.
His name is the Word of God. He is unique. His name is truly unlike any name. His name is that of God, formed into a word to be pronounced and proclaimed by all mankind.
His blazing eyes tell me he sees and knows all and rage burns behind that vision.
His double edged sword is Him, the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Heb 4:12
I will read and learn His Word and call on Him and use it everyday, on my tongue and thoughts. I will quit attempting to hide from Him (a pointless act). I will recognize that He is alive and active and He alone is judge