“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
Right in the middle of talking about money, Jesus drops in two sentences about light and darkness. Then He goes right back to talking about worrying about money. No, He didn’t lose His train of thought. He’s making a huge point about how money-love blinds us spiritually.
When its dark inside my house, I turn the lights on. If the power goes out, I find a candle. My eyes are fine; I just need more light. But when my eyes go dark, I can’t fix that. All the light in the world can’t break through blind eyes to help your mind see the truth.
When I just can’t stop believing that more and better stuff will make me happy, I’m blinded by money-love. My spiritual eyes go dark. I can’t see all the good things God has given me — I can’t trust Him to provide what I need next — because all I care about is the money (or stuff) I don’t have, yet.
Think: Have you ever felt like you were so fixated on something you wanted that you couldn’t “see” anything else? Why is the want for money so powerful for some of us?
Pray: Ask God to help you have a healthy attitude toward money and material possessions. Ask Him to help you not to be blinded by greed.
Do: Make a short list of five good things God has given you today.