Tuesday - September 30/08 - Entry #23
Reading through the first part of the New Testament again.
I do this a lot.
Jesus words struck me with force a few days ago:
"Your eye is the lamp of your body.
When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light."
But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
The Gospel of Luke Chapter 11, verses 34-36.
Points I note as I think about these words:
1. The eyegate affects the whole body. Porno is not isolated to the eyes, it fills us up entirely with darkness.
2. What my eye focuses on is largely my choice. Something outside of me is not determining that. Only if that is true can Jesus say: "see to it that the light within you is not darkness."
3. Darkness is very tricky stuff - we can come to think that the darkness inside is actually light
4. When darkness is our intake, it affects everything: marriage, sleep, telling the truth, being an open person, our sexual wisdom and function, our use and abuse of people. Jesus got it right - an uncontrolled eye is the entry point to some pretty bad stuff.
5. When the eyegate is under control, however, the whole of our being can be filled with "light" the light of integrity, trustworthiness, kindness, truthfulness and much more.
6. Jesus not only speaks the truth, but He is prepared to help us live the truth He speaks of.
For instance, about "light," He is so good at helping us here that He gets nicknamed "The Light of the World." (John 8:12)
Got trouble with your eyes? A bit "dark" where you live lately?
An old song writer got it right:
"Don't try to drive the darkness out, you just turn on The Light."