The Power Of A Good Eye

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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, our whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!                      –  Matthew 6:22-23

 Truth has little value if it is obscured by darkness. I have looked into many religions over the years and I have found that there is some truth in all religions. The unfortunate reality is that the effect of the truth is often overshadowed by the philosophies of men that house that truth.

Jesus was born into a religious community that was looking for a messiah to bring them deliverance from oppression. Jesus came to be that messiah, but he was not received by the religious leaders because the truth they had was obscured by the traditions they carried.

If Jesus had limited his mission to the philosophies and traditions of men he would not have accomplished the purposes he came to earth to accomplish.

Our traditions tend to put us in the position of covering our truth with the philosophies of men rather than exploring truth to find current applications. If the Jews of Jesus time would have followed his instructions to search the scriptures that testified of him they would have been able to reexamine their traditions in the light of who Jesus really was and what he came to do.

Most of us begin our journey of faith with a commitment to Christ then we become associated with a body of believers where we learn more truth along with the traditions of that body. The task that we face is discerning what is truth and what is tradition. Truth should be held on to at any cost; tradition should only be kept as long as it is functional and does not shield us from truth.

Jesus said, “If the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness?” I take that to mean that some folks who have a light are afraid of a greater light and consequently the light they shelter protects them from the light they could have, resulting in a form of darkness.

 Principle: Light that exposes traditions leads to greater light.

 Affirmation: I examine my traditions in the light of truth.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be willing to release traditions if those traditions prevent me from growing in grace. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 17 – Jeremiah 47-48 – 2 Timothy 4 – Proverbs 29

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