“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness. If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:33-36
You are Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed! Are you acutely aware that your spiritual vision affects your whole body? I LOVE those words: NO ONE lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket! No one. What on earth would be the point? Jesus Christ of Nazareth did not light a fire in you so that you would then store yourself in a ‘cellar’ or pull the blanket up over your head and wait for time to pass!! Don’t even think of doing that.
Christ’s ministry was free to anyone with an ear to hear; He was out in the open and plainly seen. He effortlessly excelled in Solomon’s wisdom and swimmingly surpassed Jonas’ preaching power. When the light has been lit in us we illuminate and imitate Christ. The disciples likewise did not seek to preach in a corner, in a private house, or in a secret place but out in the open city streets and in the public places of worship. We also are disciples of Christ and our call is the same. We do not speak of Jesus in quiet places with whispered voices! He deserves to be front and center in our everyday conversations.
The focused eye gives light. The evil eye, like a lamp under a bushel, leaves one in darkness. If the eye, which is the one responsible for perceiving light, is sound and healthy, then the whole body will be illuminated. But, if the eye is diseased or unaware, no light will be seen; the body will be full of darkness.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises, of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Let’s look further into the Lord’s brilliance. One of the meanings of the word translated ‘darkness’ in this verse is ‘of darkened eyesight or blindness’. If a person has not been called out of darkness by God then that person remains in darkness and it will hold them sway. Their darkness is made plainly visible by anyone who has God’s marvelous light in them.
If a person gives way to passions, jealousy, prejudice, impurity, and lawlessness, it will only be a matter of time before the spiritual eye of the soul becomes diseased, and therefore incapable of rightly discerning any heavenly sign. It was this danger that the Lord was pointing out. If anyone is seeking a heavenly sign to substantiate Jesus’ lofty claims; it will indeed come if your eye can see and your ear can hear. If, however, blindness is present due to wickedness, you will be incapable of seeing any heavenly sign let alone your own depravity.
Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension may be clear to us but are there other promises of God we have trouble seeing? Allow the holy fire of the Lord’s light in you to shine brightly on ALL God’s promises and take hold of them with utmost confidence that He who promised is quite capable, faithful, and praiseful.
Thank you Jesus that when our entire body is illuminated with Your light there will be no darkness in it.
In His grace,