Clear eyes

“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose!” (Name that show.)

That was what the football team chanted before they went off to battle under the tutelage of Coach Taylor. Man, I loved that show (Friday Night Lights is the answer, BTW).

Why did I think of that just now? Because of what Jesus says.

“Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.”

kerosene_lamp_old_replacement_lamp_shine_lighting_mood_antique_scattered_light-654121.jpg!dSay it with me: HUH???

Okay, it helps to understand that certain body parts mean certain things in the Bible.

  • The hand (especially the right) denotes power.
  • The tongue is the release valve for what’s in our hearts.
  • The eyes have to do with understanding or knowledge.

That’s why Jesus calls people blind so often.

But still, what’s He saying here?

I would say it like this: your eyes reveal a LOT.

I know a guy who says, “I can tell you what’s most important to a person in a few minutes; just let me look at his or her calendar and bank account.”

You could say the same thing about what the eyes reveal.

The way the metaphor works in the Bible, the eyes both take in and shine forth light. So, you could say where your eyes look reveals what’s within. But you could also say that where your eyes look impacts what’s within.

That’s why Paul tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. It’s also why Jesus says when a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. It’s also why in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus sandwiches this discussion between two discussions about money. Yikes.

So, what do we do with this? Look at the right things, and what I take in will change what’s within. Oh yeah, and don’t look at the wrong things. Healthy eyes will fill me with light, and as I’m filled with light I will also shine that light.

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

(Lent 30/40)



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