This verse caught my attention today: Matthew 6:22 NKJV
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.”
The Eye, The Lamp
Isn’t it interesting that the eye is called the lamp of the body?
What is it with the eye that makes it the lamp for the body?
The eye is about seeing/beholding/having a vision.
Seek One Thing
Then I realised that the verse talks about an eye that is ‘good’. What does that mean? I looked up the word good in Greek (haplous), and it means ‘single.’ A good eye is a single eye. In other words it’s about being single-minded, seeking one thing, having one vision, looking one way.
And it’s interesting that the chapter continues by talking about: You cannot serve God and mammon. (v24) In other words, choose one. Look to one. Are you going to focus on what money can buy? Or are you going to focus on the Lord your God as your Supply?
All These Things
The chapter ends with a crescendo:
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Did you notice that the Gentiles seek “ALL THESE THINGS”, whereas Jesus tells us to seek the kingdom of God and His Righteousness,” and when we do that “ALL THESE THINGS” shall be added to us?!
One is actively pursuing stuff. The other is actively receiving the Gift that keeps on giving.
Jesus is giving us the key to a worry-free life. He is saying: “Look to Me alone. I am your Righteousness. I am your right standing before Father God. You get the good things I deserve, undeservingly.”
Looking to Him, the Light Himself, is the light in our lamp – which lights up our whole body. Giving direction, peace, healing, rest – spirit, soul and body. Our part is really to behold and keep our eye on the beauty and the love of our Savior.
He Himself is our Treasure full of treasures. And where our Treasure is, our heart will be also. (v21)