“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
The eyes give our body a way to see things around us. The way you look at things show who you are and what you have inside of you. Our eyes are connected to our heart. The heart dictates what you see! The spirit inside of you “lights” and shows you things with the “light’ that is inside of you. Christ is saying that if the way you look is evil – then your entire body is evil. “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
“A NEW heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgements, and do them…and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God…Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loath yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.” Ezekiel 36:26-30
We’ve all read about the new heart, but today I would like to underscore the SIGNS of a NEW heart. “I will cause you to walk in My statutes…” The Spirit (not the doing of your own soul) will cause you to obey His statutes. So the natural desire to do Truth is one of the signs of a new heart. Also, you will loath yourself in your own sight, in other words, you will have feelings against your old self before you had a new heart, how you used to be. The Israelites were called out of Egypt, out of bondage and oppression, and yet – once they left – most of them wanted to go back. Why is that? This is an image for us today. A person who was taken out of sin, was freed from sin – and then desires to go back? Why does that happen?
Christ brought a teaching and this teaching is simple. Simply give up your life and follow Christ, His Teaching. You can’t have both this world and God. This world is passing and those who want it, desire it, and seek it, will reap eternal death. There will be no favoritism or exception! But those who seek Heaven and give their life to God, will receive the gift of eternal Life. It’s simply a question of what you Truly want. To follow Christ, you need to start completely over and leave everything behind, your understanding, your past, your feelings, etc. You can’t patch your old self!