At the core of Matthew 6 is a question: Where are your eyes?
“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 unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! - Matthew 6:22-23
What are you focused on? What are your ultimate goals? Where is your treasure? What are you seeking?
There are many ways to ask the same question: What do you really want?
The 6 song EP taken straight from this chapter is set to come out on the first day of Lent, which is a season to reflect, refocus, and reprioritize what actually matters in life.
Are you seeking something that ultimately will disappoint or are you seeking something that has eternal value and will make a positive difference in your life and to the world around you?
There are at least two ways of looking at everything. You can look at something with the eyes of selfishness, greed, lust, or envy. Or you could look at that same thing with the eyes of thanksgiving, joy, gift, or blessing. How healthy are your eyes?
When your eyes are healthy, your heart will be too, and your whole life will be a light to the world. Joy spreads and begets more joy. This is living in the truth of a universe of abundance.
When your eyes are unhealthy, the darkness spreads throughout your life and beyond. If you are fixated on getting ahead, climbing ladders, or seeking your own security, it may be because you are living in the lie of scarcity and competition. The lie is that there is not enough to go around, which leads us to see others as opponents rather than our sisters and brothers.
Throughout Matthew 6 we are taught to seek first the kingdom of God.
- This means acting justly in secret rather than for the approval or admiration of others. It is its own reward. (Matt 6:1-6,16-18)
- This means praying as Jesus taught us "Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." This is not escapist wishful thinking, but world transforming. (Matt 6:5-15)
- This means seeking the treasures that are not of this earth and temporary, but being a part of something bigger than ourselves. (Matt 6:19-21)
- We can either serve God or wealth. The choice is ours. It is obvious what choice is made more often than not. (Matt 6:24)
- Ultimately, we were created to live in joy and not to worry. If you are anxious, your eyes are not focused on the kingdom of God. Look at how the birds are taken care of and how the fields covered in beautiful flowers. We are loved even more than these! (Matt 6:25-34)
Healthy eyes lead to healthy action. What will you focus on this season of Lent? When you focus on what truly matters, there is no time for anything else.
But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33