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Clear Eyes

Jesus said:

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.

Have you ever found yourself listening to a sales pitch for a major purchase, somewhere with a real sales person pitching to you, perhaps a car purchase, or a Time-share?

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.

Thanks for coming today.

More on this tomorrow.


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  1. cshowers

    Excellent word and good counsel... "My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27 NLT) We need dove's eyes (which are single eyed) fixed on Jesus, and we need to listen for His voice above all the others that compete for our attention. Love reading your posts - thank you!

    In Christ's Love,

    1. Ben Nelson

      I love the idea of Dove's eyes. I will be talking about that in my SOS series at some point, but it is such a perfect description of how we must use our eyes.

      thanks for reminding me of that - should have put it in the post, but here it is now!

      also thanks much for your encouraging and very kind words Cheryl!

  2. Caddo Veil

    Oh I LOVE this, Ben--such good truth. Sales folks or preachers--the pitch is based on emotion, and as you've already taught us in an earlier class, we can't make good decisions based on our feelings: at best, they skew things; at worst, they lie to us. (See, I do pay attention!). Clear truth--we can hear Jesus best when we step away from the crowd, the lights and music--His is the still small voice speaking in our heart's ears. I DO have One Question: at the top of the article, you write that the dowry is paid by the Husband. Seriously? Why did I think it was the wife who brought the dowry--and worse, why did I pay it?? (arrgghh, this could bum me out for a few minutes) God bless you and the fam--love, your old sis Caddo

    1. Ben Nelson

      Hmmm - your right about the wife - i was actually repeating info from Vines which i cited - not sure what time period or culture he was referring too, just how the Greek word was used in other sources.

      but i always get in trouble when i pretend to be smart - i should leave that to the guys with letters after their name.

      thanks as always


      1. Caddo Veil

        "Pretending" to be smart--now that's a good one! Brother Ben, you're VERY Smart--which is why I read every word, and offer you my reactions/questions. Thanks--I'm un-bummed now, and baking away--want some fresh pineapple? I cut up 2, and the whole place smells tropical and redolent--Aloha!!

  3. widemargin

    Great advice. We've always had an agreement to move out of the shop before sealing a big deal, so you can think clearly, and make a rational decision. I've never thought about it in this light. That's why it works! Thanks!

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