“If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.” —Luke 11:36
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:22-23; 1 John 1:5-10
Spiritual vision was one of the primary themes of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus wanted people to be completely sold out on serving Him—no duplicity, no doublemindedness, no looking back. In Matthew 6:22-23, we’re told that a single eye was the key to spiritual light.
Christ wasn’t referring to our literal eye, but our spiritual. If our goal and vision isn’t on the things of God’s Kingdom, it’s inevitable that we’ll be unstable in our commitment to Jesus Christ. But, if we’re focused exclusively on doing the will of God, then we walk in the light. Our only priority is the Kingdom of God, and how our earthly responsibilities fit into that priority.
Clouded by the cares and desires of this life, we too easily get sidetracked from our calling. Work, church, car maintenance, family devotions, fixing dinner, saving the hungry in Africa, and helping the needy family down the street are all concerns for us. But, these responsibilities must be viewed in light of our one purpose—to bring glory to our heavenly Father.
This single-eyed perspective is what God wants us to have. Rather than asked how all of our priorities can get done, we need to discover how each of our responsibilities fits into the one priority of Jesus Christ. In doing this, we’ll discover that many of the things that clutter up our lives and homes aren’t really necessary, let alone beneficial.
When our eye isn’t single, there are consequences. If our allegiance is divided between earthly priorities and heavenly priorities, then our lives will be full of darkness. And, the more our priorities get out of focus, the more our lives will be filled with darkness.
- What does the phrase “the light of the body is the eye” mean (Matthew 6:22)? Luke 11:33-36.
Note: This phrase can be compared to the relationship of a candle to a house at night or the sun to the universe during the daytime.
- Matthew 6:22 says if our eye is single, then our whole body will be full of light. How does this concept affirm that every Christian needs a biblically-based, Spirit-inspired vision and purpose for life? Matthew 6:33; Philippians 3:8-14; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 4:1-3; 2:10; James 1:27.
- Why is spiritual light dependent upon a single eye? James 1:5-8; 4:8; Luke 9:62; Matthew 5:8.
Note: This word “single” in Matthew 6:22 comes from the Greek word haplous, and means singleness, simplicity, or absence of folds. Zodhiates says this word “…does not involve stupidity on the part of the Christian, but rather. . .prudence, knowing how to deal with fellow humans and the circumstances of life.”
- What must we do to walk in the Light? Psalm 97:9-12; 112:1-4; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5-10; 2:10; Acts 13:47.
- How does Scripture define spiritual darkness? Ephesians 4:17-19; 5:3-8; John 3:16-19; Proverbs 4:19.
- How can our light be spiritually dark? Matthew 23:25-28; 15:10-14; 1 John 1:6; Titus 1:16; Mark 7:6; 2 Corinthians 10:12; 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
This week, ask three people close to you to give you their perception of your singleness—is your eye single? are you focused on areas which are drawing you away from the Lord? do you need a clearer perspective on God’s purpose for your life?
Examine the information you receive, and, if it’s accurate, take steps to change your focus from darkness to light.