At first glance this verse seems a bit weird: “Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.” Huh? Well, we need to keep in mind that Jesus the Jew communicated in distinctly Jewish ways. Speech was often expressed in metaphors and word pictures. In other words, the word “body” serves as a way of saying “life” and the word “eye” represents our contemporary word “goal.” So, then, let’s restate the verse: “Your goals determine the direction of your life. When your goals are good, your entire life is healthy, but when your goals are bad it messes up your life.”
Ah, now we get the gist. Our goals, whether stated or unstated, set the focus and direction of our lives. If the orientation of our lives is the pursuit of selfish gain and temporary satisfaction, then we will move in that direction and it will not end well. But, conversely, if our goals are toward God and the accomplishment of His will, then we will be light for the world. It’s all a matter of focus and where we set our attention.
Therefore, goal setting is an important thing to do. We are to be careful, deliberate, and sensitive to the ways of Jesus when doing so. What are your goals for this year? Take some time to write them out. Then, think through an intentional pathway of realizing them. Finally, ask for the agency of the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish them. If this seems like a daunting task, begin with just one goal and follow it through to its realization. It is true that if we aim at nothing, we will hit our target every time.
Loving Lord Jesus, help me to set my life’s gaze on the living and doing of your teaching. Enable me to set godly and worthy goals, and grant me the power to see them realized through your Holy Spirit. Amen.