Luke 11:33-36 ESV
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
Letting the Light Shine
When we come to faith in Jesus Christ, if our faith is genuine, we should be enthusiastic about our newfound freedom from the weight of our bondage to sin, and we should be rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and we should be on fire for the Lord and for his gospel, and we should be desiring God and his holiness and righteousness, and we should want to do what pleases him. We should desire to obey his will and to do what he says we must do.
We should want others to see that something has changed in our lives, and that we aren’t who we were before, because of what Jesus did for us in dying on that cross that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness. We should want others to see the light of Christ in our lives and to know that Jesus can save them from their slavery (addiction) to sin, too, and that they can also walk in freedom from bondage to sin.
And while it is true that our physical eyes can and do sometimes reveal what is going on inside of us, I believe this “eye” is to be taken more metaphorically to mean judgment, discernment, and wisdom. It is the ability to decide between truth and error and between right and wrong and to make wise and right and godly decisions which not only go in the right direction (the way of God) but which know to reject and to abstain from all evil.
So, if our eye is healthy spiritually, our whole body (being) is full of light (truth, godliness, righteousness). We are making right and godly decisions, not wrong and sinful choices. We are choosing to forsake our lives of sin and to follow Jesus in obedience, and we are walking in his ways and in his truth and righteousness in the power of God, by his Spirit. And we are not ashamed of Christ and his gospel but we are sharing his gospel with others.
But if our eye (judgment, discernment, wisdom) is bad, our whole body is full of darkness. And this does show up sometimes through our physical eyes, as well, like where the Scriptures talk about people having eyes full of adultery. Now certainly this could also be speaking of judgment, that their judgment is to engage themselves in adultery and not in faithfulness and in moral purity. And it could be speaking of what they are viewing, such as pornography, but lust does reveal itself sometimes through physical eyes.
But a bad eye is bad judgment and discernment. It means we are not acting wisely with spiritual discernment but we are making sinful and unwise choices which are leading us down a path of sin and not on the path of righteousness. It means we are willfully choosing sin over righteousness and disobedience over obedience. It means we are ignoring our Lord’s commands and we are choosing our own path and we are doing what our flesh dictates and not what the Spirit commands.
Our Whole Body
Now, notice with me what this says about our bodies, but not just our physical bodies but our whole being. If we have spiritually healthy judgments and discernment, by the Spirit, and we are forsaking our lives of sin to follow Jesus in obedience to his ways, our whole being is full of light (truth, righteousness, holiness and godliness). We are the Lord’s and we have salvation from sin and we will inherit the kingdom of heaven.
But if we have spiritually bad judgments and discernment, and if we are choosing habitual and deliberate sin in place of faithful obedience to our Lord, our whole being is full of darkness. Like John said, if we say we have fellowship with God but we walk (in conduct, in practice) in darkness (in sin, in wickedness), we lie and the truth is not in us. The same applies if we claim to know God but we are not doing what he commands, we are liars and the truth is not in us (1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10).
So, there is a warning here to be careful lest the light in us be darkness. How can this be? Many people today are professing faith in Jesus Christ but the faith is man-generated, not God-given faith, and it is being taught to them by charlatans and imitators of righteousness who are leading them in the wrong direction. They are telling them that all they have to do is “believe” in Jesus (not defined) and all their sins are forgiven and heaven is guaranteed them when they die regardless of how they live on this earth.
And so many of them have not been crucified with Christ in death to sin and they have not been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. All they did was make a profession of faith in Jesus or say some words in a prayer after another person which are not usually words of true repentance and true humility of spirit with a heart desire to now change and become like Jesus in character and to no longer walk in sin.
And so the light that they think now dwells within them is actually darkness because there was no death to sin and no change of heart and mind away from sin to walk with the Lord in holiness and righteousness. And so they continue in deliberate and habitual sin thinking their sins are forgiven and that heaven is their eternal destiny. But their eye is not healthy, it is bad, and so their whole being is full of darkness and now they are headed to hell.
In other words, we can’t just profess faith in Jesus Christ and assume that our sins are all forgiven and heaven is what awaits us when we die while we continue to walk in deliberate and habitual sin against the Lord. If sin is what we obey, it will end in death, not in life eternal. But if obedience to our Lord is what we obey, it will lead to righteousness and to sanctification and its end is eternal life with God. So know and believe the truth.
[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:21-25; Rom 12:1-2; Eph 2:8-10; Php 2:12-13; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-10; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Ac 26:18; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
An Original Work / November 21, 2013
Based off Various Scriptures
My people have forsaken Me,
Their Savior, who died on a tree;
Made idols, and they worshipped them;
So empty, they will ne’er fulfill.
Lord, You are the hope of Your chosen ones.
Those who turn away from You will be shamed;
The Spring of Living Water left behind.
Living Water satisfies.
The thirsty, let them come and drink;
Believe in Jesus as their King;
The gift of Jesus given them,
So they will never thirst again.
Indeed, the Living Water flows within.
It springs up like a fountain cleansing sin.
Eternal life in heaven promised them.
Living Water glorifies.
Oh people, won’t you come to Him?
Obey Him and repent of sin.
Let Jesus come and live within.
Surrender all your life to Him.
My people, won’t you turn your hearts to Me?
Forsake your idols and then you’ll be free.
Won’t you come now to Me on bended knee?
Living Water sanctifies.