Today’s glorious letter find its foundation from Matthew 6: 22 – 24, which reads, The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 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! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Reading from vs22 to 23, Jesus tells us that the lamp of the body is the eye. Firstly, we all know that lamps give clarity as they brighten up dark places and essentially make clear our paths because if it is dark you can’t see where you are going. So the fact that Jesus likens our eyes to a lamp basically sheds some importance on this body part. Now let me ask you a question? What’s the eye’s main use? Most of you will probably say to see, but today Jesus want’s us to look at it another way: to focus. Our eyes don’t just see everything at once, but they focus on the things around them little by little. And when the Holy Spirit dropped this on me I realised that He was trying to teach me to fix my focus.
Jesus said if your eye is good you will be full of light, if it is bad you will be filled with darkness. And the message here is simple, if you focus on the things of God and not the world, your mind will be transformed. And as a man thinks, so he does. Thus, Jesus demands that we focus on Him because we can’t say we are serving Him and still living like the world. We can’t serve two masters, for you will always be more loyal to one and hate the other. But this goes further than just maybe sin as most of you are thinking, it goes deeper into how much we trust God, how much we allow Him to consume us and much more.
For example, let’s say you were supposed to take a one hour nap from 7:00 – 8:00 pm and maybe learn until 1am and when you wake up its is 4:30 am; the first human instinct is to jump up and panic. It’s normal, but it’s not of us because panic equates to fear. But if we focus on God, our instinct will be to pray for guidance and to have true peace. Because peace defined by the Holy Spirit is not calmness in absence of chaos but rather calmness in the midst of chaos. Most importantly, we won’t be running around saying God why when we didn’t even pray.
Another thing that actually caught my attention when I was writing this was the fact that Jesus said that even our light is darkness. This draws back to what the Bible says about our righteousness being filthy rags and it drew my attention that we can’t be righteousness without God’s help. We have to truly focus and depend on Him. We can’t focus and depend on Him at the times it is hopeless and rely on our strength when we feel we are prepared or can face it. To be honest we cannot do anything without God, and that’s why its important to focus on Him, depend on Him, breathe Him in, think of Him in everything we do. And that is why we cannot serve two masters. We can’t say we trust God when we can see and start doubting and fussing when we literally see nothing. And truly, our journey with Jesus will be shaky if we cannot focus on Him alone.
I remember a time as a child when I tried to balance myself on one leg I always fell, but then a friend who was really good at balancing herself told me that the trick was to focus on one thing. So I stopped being the inquisitive child I was just for a moment and stared at the skies. And guess what? I was stable. I didn’t fall. It was all good.
I’m telling you this story to let you know the importance of focus. I mean if you focus on Jesus alone, you’ll always be thinking the way He wants you to think. Its just the same as loving people. If you are always focused on their flaws (no matter how little), you’re always going to find it hard to love them because all you’ll see is darkness. But if you try and focus on the good things, even if they seemed little at the beginning, your focusing on that will sort of magnify their beauty and make it easier to forget their faults and love them truly.
So focus on Jesus; on His beautiful glorious wondrous incomparable face( 😉😉) and the things of the world, from worry, to unpraiseworthy thoughts, to impure actions will fade away and you shall be consumed by the Fire burning in His eyes.
Love the mother,