Read Proverbs 15:16-33
So many proverbs sound like many before. They say the same things in slightly different ways. The messages of wisdom and wholesome living and gentle words and patience simply come packed in different word orders or different analogies.
And then you come across a little quip of wisdom that seems to speak directly to you or to your situation or to your commission as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
Jesus called us the light of the world and he sent us into the world to bring good news.
We bring good news of life in Jesus Christ to a world ruled far too much by darkness.
We are to be a light in the darkness. A city on a hill cannot be hidden and you don’t put a basket over your light.
Hide it under a bushel…..NO!
I’m going to let it shine.
Let us consider for a moment that we are messengers of good news.
When people see us coming, they should already know that we bring good news. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.
Neither did he send us into the world to condemn others. He sent us with good news. He sends us with words of life. We are messengers of good news.
We are letters from Christ himself.
We are ambassadors of our Lord and Savior.
And we don’t need to sneak up on anyone by pretending that we are anything else.
For us, that means that we exude genuine joy.
We radiate beacons of blessing.
We broadcast wonderful words of life.
Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Jesus gives us this wisdom in the midst of a discussion of treasure in heaven and fasting. He is challenging the norms. Why put on a sad face when you fast. If you are fasting because it is what your heavenly Father requires, then be happy about it.
If you give to God like you are giving up something that will devastate you, then be sad about it; but if you believe the words of God, you know you will be blessed many times over when you give joyfully. Your eyes and your face and even the spring in your step should say, “I am expecting a blessing from the Lord.”
We are people who live in the favor of God.
The very light in our eyes should bring joy to the heart of those we encounter.
The good news that we carry brings more than good health, it bring life and life abundant and life eternal.
People are watching us because we say we follow Jesus, but what do they see?
Mistake free living? Probably not.
Life without challenges? I don’t think so.
No bills to pay? That’s just not part of the package.
What they should see is a messenger of good news. What they should experience is the God seasoning of the world. What they should realize is that we are not people governed by our circumstances but ruled by the joy of the Lord that is in our heart and radiates from our bodies.
They should see the light of the Lord in our eyes and expect good news from our lips.
It’s a pretty good gig, bringing light and good news to the world. Let’s live like we know just how good it its.