What Jesus Did! 'Good Eyes' — Matthew 6:22-23

Monday, March 15, 2021

[Jesus continued:] "Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!"
— Matthew 6:22-23 NLT

Key Thought

In baseball, having a "good eye" means that the batter doesn't swing at bad pitches, only hittable strikes. In life, having a good eye means that our hearts focus on the right things, or better yet, the Right One, rather than letting our eyes wander to and covet many things that can't bring us true happiness. We refuse to swing at any of Satan's pitches! Focusing our spiritual sight, our lives, on the wrong things always leads to ultimate unhappiness and destruction. That kind of sight is never satisfied with what it has; it has an insatiable appetite to possess, acquire, and achieve more. Such an attitude ultimately robs life of joy and replaces the Father and his Kingdom with trinkets and temporary toys.

Today's Prayer

O precious Holy Father, help me keep my sight focused on what is good. I want to focus on you, your grace, and your Kingdom. You alone have the meaning of life. Fill me with your light. In the name of your Son and my Savior, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 1:18
  • Revelation 3:7
  • John 9:40-41


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Illustration of Matthew 6:22-23 NLT — "Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body."

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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