The Light Diet (Luke 11)

by Mar 25, 2022

“When your eye is healthy, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34)

Have you ever heard the old saying, “garbage in, garbage out”? Well, that’s kinda what Jesus is saying in Luke 11:33-36. Jesus is educating his disciples on being aware of the content that they are spiritually and mentally consuming. Being mindful of the information, beliefs, and values from others that they might be allowing to influence them. Whatever our diet intake is, that’s what will shape us.

Believe it or not, but everyone’s a disciple. Because every person is being discipled by something or someone. Whether it’s an individual, a group of people, an organization, marketers, or a cause, we’re all being influenced, educated, and trained by many many things. As Christians, we’ve made the choice to be influenced and discipled by Jesus. And this is what makes us full of light!

So what have you been consuming lately that could be healthy or unhealthy for your heart, mind, soul, and body? Has your intake been too much world news, political talks, or social media influencers? Are you consuming content where people are continually expressing strong opinions about almost everything? Who or what would you say has been “discipling” you lately? 

The things you allow into your mind will make its way to your heart, and it will either fill you up with light or darkness. The Apostle Paul prescribed a diet and exercise that will increase more light in your life, he said, “Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable ​— ​if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy, dwell on these things…and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:8-9).

So go for a prayer walk or play your favorite worship song. Listen to a sermon or the audio Bible. Journal about the evidences you’ve seen of God’s grace in your week. The more we fill ourselves with the things of God, the more will be filled with light. Jesus said, “If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you” (Luke. 11:36).