I had to go to the optometrist today to have my eyes checked out. I was having difficulty seeing out of one eye. It turned out not to be a big deal, but it caused me to think about eyes and how important they are to me—both physically and spiritually. Obviously, I want to be able to see. My mom was blind, so I have a heightened awareness of my eyes after watching her struggle, particularly in the latter years of her life. But spiritually, I also have eyes. Matthew 6:22 says, "The eye is the lamp of the body, so when your eyes are clear, your whole body is full of light." What are "clear eyes"? They are eyes that are unobstructed, eyes not clouded with cataracts that affect the clarity of our vision. Spiritually, they are eyes of the Spirit that allow us to see the word of God in new ways. The Spirit of the Lord allows us to see His beauty through our eyes. He takes a normal sunset, which is beautiful in the natural, and helps us see it in a supernatural way. Clear eyes are unobstructed by our biases, and even in some ways by our own theology. Sometimes we just need to read scripture as scripture—not parse the verbs or get deep into the nuances of the meaning—because we can miss the simple work of the gospel. God loves everyone and wants us to bring the gospel to the dying world. If people choose to accept His love, they receive new eyesight, a new perspective. Our eyes are the lamps of our bodies. Let's keep them clear.