We continue our series on Kingdom Living in Jesus’ “Sermon on the Amount.” In this Sermon on the Amount, Jesus deals with one’s use of money. Jesus said we should store up money in heaven. Where you store your treasure shows the true center of your heart. Where your money is, there your heart lies. If your heart is on the things of heaven, then you will put your money there also. If you don’t put your money on the things of God, then your heart is not there also. In the kingdom of God, we focus our heart on the things of heaven, by storing our treasures in heaven, and not on earth.
Today, we learn a second lesson from Jesus. How generous you give for the things of heaven shows your true spiritual health.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23,
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Jesus said that the eye is the lamp of the body. He uses a metaphor, a figure of speech. Jesus compares the eye with the lamp. Thus, we are to understand the word, “eye,” symbolically. I suggest that the eye symbolizes the attitude of the heart. The body symbolizes the person. The eye is the lamp, giving light to the body. Hence, your eye, or your attitude, gives light to your life.
Jesus said, “If your eye is healthy,” your body will be full of light. The condition of the body depends on the condition of the eye. If your eye is “healthy” (haplous), if it is functioning properly, then your body will be full of light. If your spiritual eye is good, then your spiritual health is also good. If your spiritual attitude is good, then your spiritual health is also good.