by Stephen F. Olford
Text: "The lamp of the body is the eye" (Matt. 6:22ff, NKJV).
Thoughts: The life of fellowship with God is flooded with light (cf: 1 John 1:7); the life of darkness is one of sin. The light or darkness in your life is determined by the eye. The eye is the faculty which determines the entrance or withholding of light. Only when light is received can the eye become the lamp of the body. Psalm 119:130 reminds us, "The entrance of Your words gives light." Someone has said, "Light received brings light; light rejected brings night." How important, therefore, to guard and rightfully use our spiritual eyes. Our text speaks of:
The Open Eye: "If...your eye is good" (v. 22). The good eye is the one focused on Jesus, the Source of light. There is the thought also of "soundness of sight" (RV). The open eye is not defective, but is sensitive to all foreign bodies. The slightest contact with defilement calls for cleansing and adjustment.
The Closed Eye: "If...the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" (v. 23). To people who deliberately closed their eyes to the truth, the Lord Jesus had to say, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, `We see.' Therefore your sin remains" (John 9:41). How true the saying is that "none are so blind as those who will not see." It is a fearful thing to close the eye to truth and light.
The Diseased Eye: "If your eye is bad [diseased], your whole body will be full of darkness" (v. 23). The eye becomes diseased if and when it is not continually cleansed and guarded from harmful bodies. The symptoms of a diseased eye are distorted vision, double vision, or complete blindness. May the Lord keep our spiritual eyes ever focused on Him, ever sensitive to sin, ever open to truth. Only then shall our individual lives be full of light.
"Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!"
Clara H. Scott