Restoring our spiritual insight:

“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

Spiritual vision is our capacity to see clearly what God wants us to do and to see the world from his point of view. But this spiritual insight can be easily clouded.  Self-serving desires, interests, and goals block that vision.  Serving God is the best way to restore it.  A “good” eye is one that is fixed on God.

(But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  – Matthew 6:20.  Storing up treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God.  There is a sense in which giving our money to God’s work is like investing in heaven.  But our intention should be to seek the fulfilment of God’s purposes in all we do, not merely what we do with our money.)

(“No-one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money. – Matthew 6:24.  Jesus says we can have only one master.  We live in a materialistic society where many people serve money.  They spend all their lives collecting and storing it, only to die and leave it behind.  Their desire for money and what it can buy far outweighs their commitment to God and spiritual matters.  Whatever you store up, you will spend much of your time and energy thinking about.  Don’t fall into the materialistic trap, because “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).  Can you honestly say that God, and not money, is your master?  One test is to ask which one occupies more of your thoughts, time, and efforts.)

(Jesus contrasted heavenly values with earthly values when he explained that our first loyalty should be to those things that do not fade, cannot be stolen or used up, and never wear out. We should not be fascinated with our possessions, lest they possess us.  This means we may have to do some cutting back if our possessions are becoming too important to us.  Jesus is calling for a decision that allows us to live contendedly with whatever we have because we have chosen what is eternal and lasting.)

(* “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will eat. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  – Matthew 6:25.  Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply.  Worry may (1) damage your health, (2) cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts, (3) disrupt your productivity, (4) negatively affect the way you treat others, and (5) reduce your ability to trust in God.  How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing?  Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern – worry immobilises, but concern moves you to action.)


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