Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. - Matthew 6:19-21
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Bad Eye, Great Darkness
It is a blindness not to be played with, yet which all are born with. It is the veil by which one walks down the path of destruction. It keeps him sucked in, mastered by the stuff the Master gave. He wanders by its delusion, step by step, the time is past to turn around, with feet set in the grave.
This eye of depraved darkness puts universalists to bed. The universalist cannot deny darkness in the life lived for stuff. Humanity is self-condemned by the testimony of each dark heart’s service to mammon (whatever stuff suits your fancy). So, the universalist sees lives shaded in darkness and dreams up the hope of salvation, if possible even after death. But, you fool, “This night your soul is required of you” (Luke 12:20).
If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! -Matthew 6:23
Good Eye, Great Light
Its perspective makes the once-blind cry, “I see!” In a moment the Treasure is worth treasuring, full, infinite, eternal. The Treasure is revealed as coming from the Lord Himself. They are warmed with its beam revealing the trappings to be tools not to be trapped by. All of life is under the Treasure Owner’s domain.
Yet, this perspective, this light, cannot be earned, gained, or won by merit. The good eye cannot credit personal optometry. “One day I saw it, and now I see. He saved a wretch like me!” This new-found vision, this testimony of grace, this grace-given eye fills the soul with salvation hope (never to be put to shame).
If your eye is healthy, to see things as they really are, simply worship His amazing grace.