“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!” – Matthew 6:22-23
Not long after a wealthy contractor had finished building the Tombs prison in New York, he was found guilty of forgery and sentenced to several years in the prison he had built! As he was escorted into a cell of his own making, the contractor said, “I never dreamed when I built this prison that I would be an inmate one day.”
Sin is both blinding and binding. It fills our lives with such darkness that we do not even know we are in darkness! Its power brings us into a bondage of our own making!
On Thursday mornings, I have the opportunity of ministering to men who are in cruel bondage. Drug and alcohol addiction have brought many into a “prison of their own making.” The pit of despair these men experience is deep, dark and painful.
Reformation and rehabilitation give no hope of cure for the sin that grips the hearts and lives of these men. The only cure for the ravages of the body and soul of these men is the life-changing, life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God’s message of rescue, forgiveness, love and grace is changing men from the inside out. What the world cannot do with its education, modification and rehabilitation; God can do in a moment’s time by His revelation and salvation!
When God works in a man’s life to deliver him from bondage and blindness, it is so exciting to notice…you can see it in the eyes. Where once there was darkness and despair, there is now light and life and hope and peace! I witnessed it again this morning.
As I walked into Crossover Ministries, I noticed the change in the eyes of the men from just one week ago. The countenance of many of the men had changed so dramatically that I knew I was looking at “new creatures in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
What a “glory party” I was having in my heart as I addressed the men and said, “I can see it in your eyes!” Their response: “I am seeing things a whole lot different now.”
Thank you, Jesus, that you are still touching and changing lives. We don’t have to live in darkness with a “bad eye.” We don’t have to live in “prisons of our own making.”
God has provided a way out through His Son, Jesus Christ. His death on the cross paid the penalty for your sins. His resurrection breaks the power of sin to blind and bind you. Jesus’ return will forever guarantee our eternal life with Him out of the presence of sin, in Heaven.
One day we will stand before Him and He will say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…” and we’ll know He has seen it in our eyes!