Today, I was reading in Matthew 6:19-24 where Jesus was teaching on the importance of being devoted to Him above all else. As I read through this very familiar passage, I was struck by a couple of verses right in the middle. I have struggled with these verses for some time now. Not because I don’t understand them, but because they seemed a little out of context. Anyway, here they are…
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 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!
For years I thought Jesus was talking about something altogether different. I thought that He was throwing in another teaching until I finally clicked for me. However, He is really explaining what happens to us when we are devoted to anything other than Him. When we are devoted to anything other than Him, we become blind to anything He is trying to teach or show us.
Now, what does this mean practically speaking?
It means that if making money is your primary goal in life, then you will not see the value of doing things that don’t make you money. It means that if building your career is your number on goal, then you will not see the opportunities God has placed in your way to build others up. It means that if having a boyfriend or girlfriend is your number one goal, then you will not see the beauty of the relationship God wants to have with you.
Also, it means that our devotion to things over our devotion to God, will cause a darkness within us. It will change us on the inside. That’s a problem, because it’s God’s job to change us on the inside. The way God changes us is to make us more like Jesus. Any other change moves us away from that goal.
So, as I close I want to ask one probing question – What are you more devoted to than God? The answer to that question can and will change everything.