I have been intrigued by the idea of having an Eye of Faith. I remember, when I was younger, I heard a talk about having an Eye of Faith – where if you can envision yourself as something or somewhere, eventually you will become that person or be in that place.
Of course, I have a tough time having an eye of faith. I have an imagination, sure, but I have had a tough time developing that Eye of Faith.
Today, I read the following scripture, which re-emphasized having an eye of faith:
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single (JST-to the glory of God), thy whole body shall be full of light.” – Matthew 6:22
This is taken from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is letting us in on a little secret – if we can develop an eye of faith -one that is single to our Father in Heaven, then we will be full of light – then we will become like him.
This reminded me of another scriptural account – found in Alma. Alma is speaking to his son, Helaman. He is relating his conversion story. After Alma had repented of his sins, but before coming out of his comatose state, Alma sees the following:
“22 Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there.” – Alma 36:22
Even though Alma is not a part of this group, he could see God – He could see God’s throne and glory. He saw Heaven. And his soul longed to be there. He knew what he wanted. As soon as he envisioned this scenario, he woke up. Although Alma had been born of God, he had not yet entered into the presence of God. Alma understood that more than repentance would be required to get him there – he would also need to serve God.
And, we know, from the account given in the Book of Mormon, Alma spent the rest of his life faithfully serving God. I feel like this vision – seeing God, Heaven, and those who surrounded Heavenly Father praising him – filled his soul with hope. He developed an eye of faith. I also think that this vision served to be a motivation for him to continue in righteousness for the rest of his life. Alma continues teaching his son:
“28And I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him forever,…” – Alma 36:28
Even at the end of Alma’s life – his vision was set at that scene he imagined right after his conversion. He envisioned himself – in the presence of God praising Him.
I love the concept taught in Matthew 6:22. I also love the example given to us by Alma. When we keep our eyes single to the glory of the Lord, we will be filled with His light. We will be able to accomplish the goals that we have for ourselves. We will be able to join in with Alma and so many others – to dwell with our Father in heaven in glory, and praise Him forever.