Send The Light
Read Luke Chapter 11
Lk 11:33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
What do we see when we find ourselves in the presence of an attractive person? As someone who does bible study and works puzzles at McDonalds most mornings, I have to make many choices every day as to how I view others. Being a people watcher also enters into the equation. I have seen it all – handsome men and women, not-so –handsome men and women, large and small ones, poor and rich, etc. all varieties. The choices I make as to how to see them can be good, or they can be bad. Jesus said, in this passage, that “the eye is the lamp of your body.”
Our eyes are what open up our world to us. What we see enters into our minds and has an effect on us. It is difficult to get rid of an image, whether that image is pleasant, unpleasant, good, or bad. Only the indifferent images are not likely to stay with us. As we make our choices on how to see another person, it is always in our best interest to see that person as God sees him or her. If we do that, we are not likely to think badly toward that person. We are not likely to lust after that person or to consider him as unworthy of our attention. Here are some of the good choices we can make.
- We can see them as someone who needs God. Who doesn’t? Everyone needs God and Christ.
- We can choose to pray for them. Of course, we see many people every day. We cannot pray lengthy prayers for every one of them, but we can be open to the Spirit, allowing Him to nudge us when that is what we should do.
- We can be sensitive to any opportunity the Spirit gives us to witness, or to be of some benefit to them. Again, we won’t be able to do that with everyone we see. But God will surely let us know if we do.
- We can choose to not be judgmental. Most of us have some preconceived notions about the way people look. For example, we may view a tattooed person differently than we do a person who is well dressed and having no tattoos.
- We won’t be able to not see them as handsome or beautiful, if that is the case. That would we impossible. The image is there, and impossible to see. But we can decide to view them as God does, seeing the inner soul, the eternal spirit which resides within. We can concentrate on that aspect of the individual. On the other hand, the same is true for the person who isn’t handsome or beautiful. That person also has an eternal spirit.
You may be able to think of some other positive things to think of, which can help us avoid thinking wrongly about someone. If we take the images in the same way God would do, the promise from Luke will be applicable to us. “When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.” These positive images we choose to take into our body will bring about good things, always. The opposite view is obvious. If we take in bad images, “your body also is full of darkness.”
We all know how destructive that can be. We’ve seen it and lived it. If we haven’t done so already, the time has come to look at others in the light of God and His word. We will be surprised how wonderful the light is when we take in the images in a way which the Lord wants us to do. It may take a lot of practice, trial and error, in order to do this regularly and without thinking. So let’s get going.
Ps 25:4 Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; 5 guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.
Prayer: Lord, it’s still a problem. I don’t always see others the same way You do. Help me, and all of us, to “put on the mind of God,” that we will be full of Your light.