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June 30, 2016

Text: “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.” Luke 11:34-36

Dateline: Early First Century – Judea   Jesus announces that the heart becomes healthy when the eye is healthy! Isn’t that good news? Sin attacks the eternal soul that inhabits each of us (often called the heart), corrupts it, sickens our entire being, and then the soul (heart) withers and dies. Most people care not at all about the health of their souls. They take for granted that their soul is well. They absorb garbage and expect to get  a cornucopia of great blessings. (However, it is still true: garbage in – garbage out.) Jesus was very straightforward about the contents and effects of the corrupted heart. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,  coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”  Mark 7:21 23 

Every night and many stormy, overcast days bring with them the need for a lamp to be able to navigate and move about. Outdoor activities such as sports contests require a supply and arrangement of lighting that permit playing and observing games.  A few winters back our neighborhood was without electrical power for a few days. (I found it hard to watch TV in the dark.) We had flashlights and lanterns run by batteries, but most of our lighting came from kerosene lamps. Attempting to read by the antique pieces was frustrating! The kerosene lanterns were poor  substitutes for what we are used to. So weak lighting is inadequate for the soul.

Our hearts and lives need illumination for proper behavior and direction. However, many persons try vainly to navigate through life without God’s light.  They seem never to realize that the light is the sustenance for our hearts to grow righteousness pleasing to God.  It leads, nourishes, sustains, and beautifies human hearts. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12  

It seems prudent to ask, “If I turn my back on the guidance of the light of the Son of God, what will happen?  The apostle Paul supplies an answer to that query. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 Also, in our text Jesus points out the results that accrue from our self-appointed darkness. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.”

There is no doubt that you alone bear the responsibility for inviting and maintaining light in your soul.  Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.” As an amateur photographer I had to learn the mechanics of my 35 mm camera and its lenses in order to make an acceptable photograph. In those days cameras were “manual”: the user had to adjust the camera body and lens to the proper exposure to produce a suitable image. My first camera had a “match needle” device to set each exposure just right.  The picture taker first set the shutter for the length of the time it was open. Then he had to set the iris in the lens to the right aperture to let in just the right amount of light. Finally he had to compose the picture and press the shutter button to take the photograph. But if the photographer had  bungled the setting, the light was wrong and the picture was spoiled.  The control of the iris was maybe the most crucial working and was completely dependent upon the photographer. It is your sole responsibility to see the light that touches your soul and makes it pure or corrupts it!  

The one who identified himself as the “light of the world” (John 8:12) encourages men and women to partake of the true Light.  I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” John 12:46

Light your heart with the light of Jesus. Then let your light shine in the world.



One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    The light image is one of the most intriguing and troubling in scripture. I find myself sliding into literalizing when I shouldn’t. Having lost half my vision, I find myself wondering what God must want me to learn from this experience. I haven’t figured it out yet. I really like the way you keep your eye on the inner light idea all the way through.–ls

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