Memorising the Sermon on the Mount

Yesterday I decided to read the same three chapters in the Bible at least once a day for fifty days.

The chapters I’m reading every day are Matthew 5, 6 and 7, otherwise known as Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount.”

I’m doing this in an attempt to get it into me in such a way that I memorise it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have three whole chapters of the Bible memorised, but it’s something I want to try. At the very least, by doing this repetitive reading of three chapters for nearly two months, it will have made a huge difference to my life.

Here goes. I may blog some thoughts/highlighted verses as I go, as per my previous post.

Single eye

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”

(Matthew 6:22)

“Healthy” in the original language this was first written actually comes from the word “single.” If your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light.

So while it is obviously true that we have to be careful about what we look at with our eyes, the true meaning is that we have to be single-minded – or single-eyed – about what our focus is on.

This verse is sandwiched between “Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also,” and “No one can serve two masters … you cannot serve God and money.” And later on in verse 33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”

Keep a single eye. Keep your focus solely on Jesus, solely on the kingdom of God. Don’t be distracted by treasures or money or anxieties about food or clothing or anything else – keep your eyes on Jesus and his Word – all the time – and “your whole body will be full of light.”

Wait!

Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

(Psalm 27:14)