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“When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.” [Luke 11.34]

So what are good eyes?  Remember that Jesus defined good as this:  “No one is good – except God alone.” [Mark 10.18; Luke 18.19]  So then the only eyes that are good are the eyes of God.  If you have good eyes, you have God’s eyes, that is, you can see as God sees.

That is why if you cannot see that nothing in this world and in the church is the way God intended it, then your eyes are not good.  Consider then how we sing praises at the wonders of creation around us when we should be weeping.  And we would be weeping if we had seen the height from which we have brought God’s creation down to because of our sin.

Even though there are things of nature that enthral us in the wonder of God, it is our failure to consciously realise that what we are seeing is the degraded creation, not the intended creation, and that we fill ourselves with darkness and do not even know it.

Jesus said, “But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.  See to it then, that the light within you is not darkness.” [Luke 11.34-35]  We thought that meant repenting, avoiding sin, doing good deeds and praising God for the wonders of the world and for the church we have… when Jesus meant for us to have good eyes like God’s eyes and to first see things as God sees things.

When they brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus at the temple, what do you see?  A woman caught in sin, which demands stoning, brought to Jesus by men who themselves were sinless?  Do you see those holy men who did not commit adultery bringing to Jesus the one caught in a sin for Jesus to judge so that God is honoured?  Or do you see what Jesus saw – sinners judging and condemning sinners when no one has the right to judge or condemn except God alone because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God?

What do you see when the leaders of the synagogues rebuke Jesus for healing the sick in their synagogues during the Sabbath?  Holy pious men upholding the Law of God, or powerless hypocrites trying to deflect attention from their own powerlessness?

When you can see as Jesus sees, then you would have seen the sin of those who brought the woman caught in adultery and that they all needed to repent.  When you can see as Jesus sees, then the healing of the sick on the Sabbath shows the true holiness of God and also His goodness – that He is the God who rouses Himself from His rest to heal you, that He is the God who would break His own law to deliver you.  And that is what He did… that is what Paul meant when he wrote:  God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. [2 Corinthians 5.21]

To see what another person is seeing, you first have to watch him and then listen to what he is saying and how he says it.  Watch and listen, and consider carefully what you hear and how you listen, then you will see as God sees and then your eyes will be good and you will be filled with light… true light, not light that is darkness, which is really no light.

It is when your eyes are good that you can be the light of the world as He is the Light of the world.  So stop seeing as the world sees, but see as God sees and you will realise that the only thing worth doing is to bring Jesus back.

Hr. Ed, manager of the Holy Spirit’s Workshop

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