“If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22)

MY EYE DOCTOR ASSURED ME that if he removed my cataracts and inserted clear lenses, my eyesight would improve. I would again be able to read in normal lighting instead of having to seek bright light. I would again be able to embroider tiny stitches. And I would no longer have to worry about seeing clearly enough to drive. He was right. Surgery tremendously improved my eyesight.

Jesus reminded His followers that sometimes, spiritual eyes need surgery too. Instead of physical cataracts, our own interests, preferences, and desires for comfort may blind us from seeing the world as God sees it. If we do not notice the needs around us, we will do nothing about them. God shares His creative powers with us and gives us the privilege of serving as His hands and feet to overcome the challenges we find in this world.

God calls us to notice the people around us each day. Perhaps He wants to use some of our finances to bless a needy friend. Perhaps He wants to use our smiles to brighten a cashier’s day. Perhaps He wants to use our talents and spiritual gifts to bless His church. As we let God’s light shine through us, it provides light for our own paths and lights up the paths of others as well.

Improve your spiritual eyesight by reading and applying God’s Word.

Shirley Brosius writes from Millersburg, Pennsylvania. She is enjoys reading, walking, and playing board games with her five grandchildren.

© 2017 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.