The Light of the Body is the Eye

Today’s quote sounds very eastern in origin, like Buddha or Krishna or perhaps some Samurai or Shaolin philosophy. I can almost hear Master Po saying to Kwai Chang Caine of Kung Fu fame, “Ahhh young grasshopper, remember, the light of the body is the eye”.

Actually, our Bible or Not quote for today comes from the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

The light of the body is the eye. – Matthew 6:22 KJV

In context, today’s quote is about focus and glorifying God. The light, or lamp, of the body is that which illuminates the body making it visible or lit up. Earlier in His sermon Jesus teaches to “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. So how then is the light of the body the eye? Simple: we use our eyes to focus.

Within this 6th chapter of Matthew Jesus instructs His disciples to build up our treasures in Heaven and states, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” He then says His quote about the eye being the light of the body and bookends this concept with the quote, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

It’s about focus. If we focus on God, and serving Him above all else, our “eye” will be on Him. That will give our “body” light which will shine before mankind so that people may glorify God. If we focus on the things of this world, then our “eye” will be dark and thus fill our “body” with darkness which is sin.

Related Quotes:

The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato
“Because a man can see, he does not look.” — Master Po, Kung Fu
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter


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