Sunday Inspiration: The Eye is the Lamp of the Body

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The Eye is the Lamp of the Body

Focusing on Good Things is Important

by J.M. Troppello

This passage from Matthew 6:22-23 is part of the long Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached. I love the word picture that your eye is the lamp of the body. He continues to say that if therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. If your eye is bad, then your whole body will be full of darkness.

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 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 that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23, NKJV)

So, what does a lamp do?

A lamp provides light to a dark room or area where it’s placed in. A modern lamp must be turned on. In Jesus’s time, they had terra cotta lamps that were made by shaping and baking clay. “The Herodian lamp dates from about 50 BC through the time of Christ. It is a wheel made with the spout added later.” For those terra cotta lamps, they burned olive oil in them. There were many different types of oil lamps. Oil lamps in the Bible times were used from 3,500 – A.D. 600. Some terra cotta lamps were then cast in bronze. Others were made of blown glass. (Source:

Whether you lived in Bible times and had to add olive oil for burning to use your lamp or for our current society using modern lamp technology, there is one common factor in using the lamp. You need to light it (back then) or turn it on (today). If you think about your eye being the lamp of the body as shown in Jesus’s word picture, you have a responsibility for the lamp actually working.

You have to light it or turn it on.

Think about that fact and then think about the word picture of your eye being the lamp to your body. If your eye is ‘good’ then your whole body is ‘full of light.’ So, you need to do something to ensure that your eye is ‘good’ so your body can be ‘full of light.’

Look on good things. That can help ‘fill your entire body with light.” That can mean don’t let your eyes wander lustfully. Be intentional in what you watch on TV. Find good and inspirational things to watch. Read your Bible.

You can also look at this in a deeper, more spiritual way. Focus on God and not on the negativity that surrounds you. There is so much negativity in the world today. It’s very easy to get sucked into the dark vortex that surrounds us. When you spend time in deep communion with God, that can impact your life in a very positive way – and enhance your perspective.

Let your eye be a positive part of your spiritual growth. Focus on things that will enable your ‘whole body to be full of light.”

This passage, though small is mighty. It definitely gave me something to think about today for my own self-reflection.

What have you been focusing on lately?

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