“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
In this short yet powerful passage, Jesus draws us a visual picture. It’s a picture that without the context of the surrounding verses would leave most of us incredibly confused. Yet, when we look deeper at the meaning, the picture that Jesus draws for us adds substance to an essential truth.
The Greek word for ‘healthy’ is the same word used for ‘generous’. Conversely, the Greek word for ‘unhealthy’ is the same word used for ‘stingy’. Think about that. When our eyes are full of generosity, we will be full of light! On the contrary, when we are stingy, we are full of darkness!
When talking about this passage, Pastor John Piper once said, “What does the bad eye refer to in Matthew? It refers to an eye that cannot see the beauty of grace. It cannot see the brightness of generosity. It cannot see unexpected blessing to others as a precious treasure. It is an eye that is blind to what is truly beautiful and bright and precious and God-like. It is a worldly eye. It sees money and material reward as more to be desired than a beautiful display of free, gracious, God-like generosity.”
How are your eyes?
Gracious God, help my eyes to be healthy. Allow me to live a life that is filled with generosity toward others and may I bring You glory. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Timothy 6:3-10