I snap lots of photos on my phone. If I go to upload them to social media, I have lots of ‘filter’ options. The content of the photo is the same, but the filter options give the ‘content’ a new light, a different feel, a different emphasis, impact, message.
In many ways our lives here on earth have the same option, and challenge. We have a world ‘filter’ and a Christ filter available to us all the time. How we ‘see’ and understand – and therefore respond – depends on what filter we are seeing through. Throughout scripture we have many instances and admonishments to ‘see’ in a different way. I think of Joshua, Caleb and the other spies that went into the land of Canaan (Numbers 13-14). There were 2 opposing ways to ‘see’ – or interpret – what they had seen. One way saw the goal, and saw the God that was leading. The other way saw only the challenges and dangers, without God’s goals, his faithfulness or his presence. I also think of the story of Elijah and his servant. Read 2 Kings 6, you won’t be disappointed!
Jesus is light – not just on eyes, but ‘out’ eyes. Yes, in the same way he is living water, not just over our soul, but up out of our soul. (John 7:37-38)
Is Christ the light on your eyes, and in your heart?
‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ Matthew 6:22-23
‘I am the light of the world…’ John 8:12