In verses 19-21, Jesus starts talking about wealth and materialism and how it affects the heart, mind, and the will. Jesus explains that where you store up your treasure – either in this world or the next – that’s where your heart will be. In these 2 verses, Jesus talks about how wealth and materialism can distort your spiritual vision. If we allow “stuff” to creep in our lives, it will corrupt the way we see things therefore leading us down a destructive path.
Matthew 6:22-23, “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”
- Think of your eye as the spiritual window to your soul. If your window is clean, your soul will see clearly. If your window is dirty, you will see things distorted. You will won’t be able to see things clearly and will not receive the full benefit of the light. This will lead to double vision. If the eyes into our souls become distorted, then our minds and eventually our hearts will become distorted as well. Wiersbe explains that, “God’s Word often uses the eye to represent the attitudes of the mind. If the eye is properly focused on the light, the body can function properly in its movements. But if the eye is out of focus and seeing double, it results in unsteady movements.”
- Keeping our focus on anything but God will cause our minds to wander. James 1:8 says that a “double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Many times we try to have the best of both worlds by trying to serve both God and the world at the same time. This cannot be done without leading to destruction. We cannot walk in the Spirit and walk in the flesh. We cannot live for God and live for self. There is no compromise. C.H. Spurgeon explains that, “Two leading principles cannot rule in one heart; they cannot both be master. Either sin or grace will engross the whole heart; neither will submit to compromise.” Only one thing can sit on the throne of your heart. God or the world. Grace or sin. Spirit or flesh. A man who’s mind is divided will always lead to a divided heart.
- When the windows of our souls become bad, we will be filled with darkness. We will become blind and numb to things that are good or spiritual. Our desires will become selfish. Our hearts will become hardened. Our minds consumed with the lust of the flesh. Our will becomes our own. We live in the darkness of our own little worlds and sin begins to eat away at our souls. “A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him” (Proverbs 28:22). What good is it if we gain the whole world but lose our own soul? (Mt. 16:26)
- So how do we become men and women with singleness of mind and heart? God can take our blind, numb, dark, and stubborn hearts and turn them into responding, spiritual hearts that are alive in Him. “And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart” (Ez. 11:19). A single eye, mind and heart means one that is fixed on the spiritual. Here are 3 things we can do to fix ourselves on the spiritual.
- Ask in prayer – Jesus says that whatever we ask for in His name we will receive. If we desire a singleness of mind and heart, all we have to do is ask Him for it. John 14:13, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
- Fix our thoughts – We can become single-minded by fixing our thoughts on the good and pure things of Christ. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phil. 4:8)
- The Word – Being intentional in the Word will keep our focus solely on Christ. God’s written Word is His living Word and when we study and obey, our minds and hearts become single to Christ. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Heb. 4:12)
- It’s time for a spiritual vision assessment. How are the windows of your soul? Are they clean or dirty? Are you seeing clearly or is your vision distorted? Is your eye good or bad? Are you single-minded or double-minded? Are you filled with light or darkness? Jesus says in John 8:12, ” “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” Only He can bring you out of the darkness and into the light of His truth. Allow Christ to become that light within you. Amen.