Matthew 5:14-16, NIV: You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

The writer of Hebrews tells us, “let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (Heb.12:2). If my eyes are fixed on Him, I would imagine that my eyes reflect Him. When others look into my eyes, what is it that they see? Do they see the Light that indwells me? Do they see the reflection of the One that I have my eyes fixed on? Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Mt. 6:22-23). There are many things we can fix our eyes on instead of Jesus. Jobs, relationships, finances, romances, self improvement, self involvement, the list goes on (cf. Mat. 13:22). Even noble causes can replace Christ as the center of our focus. If we do not take measures to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, these other things can become a bowl (or bushel) that covers our lamp to keep our light from shining in the darkness.