Matthew 6:22-23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 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!”
I don’t know how relevant this analogy will be to those reading this blog, but I am going to run with it anyway. It has been recommended to my family to watch the Jason Bourne movies by a few folks over the years. So we began watching the first one a week ago, and my wife and I finished Bourne Supremacy, the second installment last night. The first movie had a decent and mysterious plot. The second movie was dark. Jason Bourne is not alert, happy, or focused the entire movie. Despite his apparent military and sniper training, he is reactionary rather than visionary at every turn. He is a man with amnesia who desperately seeks clues to restore his identity. Everything he sees is darkness. Every clue overturned is dark. And he never runs towards the light to help define who and what he is.
How do you define yourself? Do you look to the opinions of those around you? Do you look to the standards of Hollywood? Are the people you seek your identity from dark or light? Are those eyes who look upon you healthy or bad?
The eye is an amazing thing. It is the window to our soul. It lets in light which has the potential of igniting the lamp or candle inside of us. If the candle inside us is lit, we can use it to walk the halls and corridors of our soul. We can illuminate the secret rooms that are dark by exposing them to the light. This darkness can be seen for what it is and thereby repent and find restoration through faith in Jesus. He is the light of the world. Those who look upon him will be filled with light. Those who look away from him will be filled with darkness. Oh, and how great the darkness of those who continually shun the Light!
You and I can find no eternal identity without looking to Jesus, the One who lights the world. His eyes are pure light. When we look to him to define us, we will have healthy eyes that are filled with light. When we look to be defined by those who’s eyes are dark, we become bad and filled with great darkness.