The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23 NASB)
What is a clear eye?
This particular word is translated a number of ways in this very passage.
Vines (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words) tells us that outside of the Bible this word is used to mean simple, or single – and the example sited is that a dowry would be paid simply by the husband, rather than through other various sources.
Here is what I get from this. The ‘eye’ that is the source of ‘light’ for our body must be receiving input from a single source, the Father of Lights! That is why the writer of Hebrews recommends “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus is the light that lights every man that comes into the world (John 1:9) and with our eyes fixed on Him, the light that enlightens us will be pure and wholesome, free from any impurities.
What are we talking about here? Let me make it plain. When we look to other sources for information or truth, our clarity diminishes. We can no longer easily determine which way to go – which door to walk through.
When they are talking, and pitching, and asking questions and engaging you, it is so obvious what you need to do.
When they step out of the room you look at your spouse with that – well this is obviously the right choice look – and as the din of the salesman’s voice wanes you begin to hear another voice.
By the way – the reason the deal is only good while you are in the little room is because they know when you get out from under their influence, you will hear the voice of truth loud and clear and make the right choice.
When you have one source of light, and view competing sources as interlopers, you make great decisions. [Tweet This]
I picked on salesmen, but preachers do this all the time too. They have something for you to give to, or believe in, or respond to, and it all needs to be judged by the one true light.
Obviously not all preachers or salesmen are evil, and I am in favor of you buying good stuff, and giving to good causes. Generosity is one of my favorite topics. But let’s make sure the “truth” we base our choices on is “clear” and not evil.
More on this tomorrow.