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Full of Light

April 19, 2018

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Full of Light

In Matthew 6:19-34,  Jesus spends some time talking  to us  about money  and our earthly concerns.     He points out  that while we certainly do have needs,  we are to find the balance  between needs  and greeds — and the balance  between trust  and worry.     In getting to the crux  of our earthly situation,  Jesus points out  a vital fact  in Matthew 6:22-23,

The lamp  of the body  is the eye;  if therefore  your eye is clear,  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 the darkness!

When Jesus talks  about the “lamp of the body”  being the eye,  He is talking about our ability  to look at the truth  of the matter.     There is truth  in the fact  that people greatly desire  all sorts of earthly treasures — money,  houses,  vehicles,  jewelry,  stock and bonds,  works of art,  etc.      In and of themselves,  each of these things  can be good.

If we can “see” that these things are  to be used only temporarily  on this earth — and that we will not take any of this  to heaven — that it has no lasting value — then our “eye”  is  “seeing” clearly.     Then  we are seeing the truth  of the matter.     The fact  that we cannot take any of this stuff  to heaven  indicates  that we should not value them  more than we value our soul,  which will go to heaven  or hell.

“Seeing” the difference  in value  between our souls  and earthly goods  is being “full of light”  —  full of the truth  of the matter.

But,  Jesus points out  that we might have a “bad eye“.     We might not be able to “see” the truth  of our earthly existence.     Then  we will be “full of darkness”.     In other words,  the stuff of this world  will be much more important to us  than our souls.     In our “darkness”,  we might be greedy  and selfish.     We will only be able to think  of getting more money  and worldly stuff.     And we will be unable  to see heaven  as being much more valuable  than anything here.

When we live only  for the things  of this world,  we think we’re cool,  intellectually way up there,  on-the-ball,  sophisticated,  modern,  and with-the-program  of being successful  in this world.     We think  we know-it-all.     We think  we can see  how to become richer  and more successful  than others.     We think  we have a special “light”  or knowledge  that makes us better than others.

But,  Jesus points out  that we are only fooling ourselves  when we call our “darkness”  a “light”.     He said, “If therefore  the light  that is in you  is darkness,  how great  is the darkness!”

Jesus knows  how people think they are “in-the-know”  when they gather all sorts  of worldly riches.     They even get to thinking  they don’t need God.     What a lie!     We can’t even breathe  for a moment  without the power of God  enabling us.     Nevertheless,  people proudly imagine  that they have “light”  in this world — they proudly imagine  they know how  to take care  of all their own desires,  all by themselves — without looking  to God.

Because they are deluding themselves,  they have a “bad eye”.     They cannot see the truth  of their existence  and total dependence  upon the Lord,  Jesus sadly says,  “How great  is the darkness!”     Their darkness  is so great  they cannot even see their need  for God.     Their darkness is so great  they cannot see  they are headed  for an eternity  in hell.     Their darkness is so great  they can’t imagine  there is a hell.     “How great  is the darkness!”

As we look at our lives,  are we living  in the Light  of Jesus Christ?     Are we seeing  and valuing heaven  as our real treasure?     Do we daily look  to Jesus  and entrust all our cares  to Him?     Are we allowing God  to be the Master  in our lives — or are we letting this world  and its lusts  be the master over us?     Are we seeing the truth  well enough  to act on it?

As we consider the depths  of God’s love  for us  and the value of living  for our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are actually giving us  all the treasures  of heaven,  just for living by faith  in the truth  while in this world!”

Love,
Margaret

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