SEPTEMBER 3 – 9, 2017
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22 KJV)
Do an exercise with me if you will. Focus your eyes on a particular object or on some light. Do that for up to a minute or two, then close your eyes. What do you see? Whatever you focus on, you will produce.
The light of the body is the eye, according to the text. As humans, we have two eyes: our two physical eyes and our mind. Therefore, whatever your mind focuses on, you will produce. Jesus had been teaching on the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is the kingdom of light. With the text He was saying that if you focus your attention, if the most important thing to you is to serve the kingdom of God, your life here on earth will reflect the greatness, the righteousness, the peace, the joy and the abundance of the kingdom of God.
My food is to do the will of the Father who sent me and to complete His work (John 4:34), Jesus said. Jesus recognised that He did not drop on earth without a reason for being here. He discovered that Someone sent Him here and gave Him a work to complete. It is that same Someone who put Adam in the garden and gave him a work to complete. Jesus discovered His purpose and was focused on fulfilling it. By being focused on fulfilling His purpose, He was living out His words in the text – if your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light. No wonder, all He needed while He was on earth was added unto Him. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things that you need will be supplied to you (Matthew 6:33).
Sometime ago, the Lord said this to me, “Your relevance to the kingdom of God on the earth will bring you your testimony. It will deliver it to your doorstep.” I found out that it is not my “doing” but my “being” that makes me relevant to the kingdom of God. My “being” will inspire and empower my “doing.” If my focus is on my “doing” it wears me out! I may have some testimonies initially, but after a while, those testimonies stop churning out. I’ll find myself expending a lot of energy in “doing” but producing almost insignificant results, and that is draining!!
Many have become weary from “doing.” That is the reason why many have given up on God in their hearts. They have done so much “doing” without the desired results that they now don’t know what else to do. They have given up on God meeting their needs, but they still do all the external “Christian” activities so that they don’t miss heaven.
Focus on the right thing! Focus on the needful thing, and you will effortlessly produce the desired results. What is the focus of an orange tree? To produce oranges. It doesn’t know anything else but to produce oranges. That is what it was created to do. If that orange tree is placed in an environment that is not conducive for it to produce oranges, it will struggle to produce its fruits. If it does produce any oranges, it will not be the best of them. If your eye therefore is not single (focused on kingdom of God), your whole body will be full of darkness (Matthew 6:23).
Light reveals!! The Garden of Eden represented the kingdom of light. God put Adam in the garden to reveal himself and the potentials of the resources around him. Everything Adam needed was in there. As he discovered, the light at work in him dressed as wisdom also revealed truth. He saw the truth of the lion and named it so. He saw the truth of the serpent and named it so.
Imagine yourself in a room with the lights on. Everything in there is revealed to you. You know exactly where the table is, you can even see the tiny pin on the floor. What happens when the lights go off? You grope in the dark. How do you know the potentials in the room? How do you know where the things you need are? The lights need to be turned on! The first thing God did in changing the state of the earth from “without form and void” was to introduce light. He said “Let there be light!” To unveil the potentials of the earth, God turned on the light.
My dear Reader, LET THERE BE LIGHT! To unveil your potentials and the potentials of the resources around you, you need to turn on the light. Keep your focus on the kingdom of God by discovering who you are and what you have been brought to the earth for, and everything you need to fulfill your purpose will be added to you. Your Heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Acknowledge Him in all your ways (focus) and He will lead you to where all the treasures you need are.
I pray that your light will shine brightly, eliminating anything that looks like darkness in your path and causing kings to gravitate to you bearing precious gifts. I pray that you will hunger and thirst to unveil a higher version of yourself each day of this week by acknowledging the Lord in all of your ways. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!! Keep your lights turned on and have an amazing week!