Contemporary English Version (CEV)
33 No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a clay pot. A lamp is put on a lampstand, so that everyone who comes into the house can see the light. 34 Your eyes are the lamp for your body. When your eyes are good, you have all the light you need. But when your eyes are bad, everything is dark. 35 So be sure that your light isn’t darkness. 36 If you have light, and nothing is dark, then light will be everywhere, as when a lamp shines brightly on you.
We must be careful as to what we allow in our eyes. We must be careful what we associate ourselves with. Today we found out about a terrible tragedy that happened in Aurora, Colorado. A deranged (demon possessed in my opinion) gunman killed and injured dozens of people in a movie theater just before the opening of the new Batman movie (Dark Night Rises). It is apparently related to the movie as the man had hair dyed red and called himself the “joker”.
I read this verse this morning and thought how timely to be able to describe why this man chose to do this terrible act of violence. He let in the darkness of sin and evil, thereby allowing himself to be used to commit these terrible acts. People don’t realize just how easy it is for them to be used as a puppet for the evil one. He can simply pick someone out of the blue that does not have a walk with Christ and use them to do whatever he chooses. We must always remember that when Jesus lives in our hearts He casts out the darkness. Keep very close attention to what you let in your “eye” gate. Don’t watch things or listen to things that you know are against the Lord. Dwell on things that correspond to Philippines 4:8.