If we work out the picture in these words, we can see plainly the simplicity of the gospel. Our Lord says that what the eye is to the body in the matter of light, the soul is to the person in the matter of their life, and as the individual person is to society.
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” (Luke 11:34-36).
Therefore we see that there is in us something vital and central. We are not a mere collection and aggregate of parts. There is a center to our life called the soul, as vital to our life as the eye is to the body in the matter of light. As light is to the eye, so spiritual light is to our soul (sometimes referred to as the heart).
The eyes of our spirit allow revelation-light to enter into our being. When the heart is open, the light floods in. When the heart is hard and closed, darkness takes its place. We are to open our hearts and consider His words carefully.
Watch that we don’t mistake our opinions for revelation-light.
If our spirit burns with light, fully illuminated with no darkness, then we will be a shining lamp — reflecting truth by the way we live.
Living by simplicity doesn’t mean to live an uncomplicated life. It does, however, mean truth becomes less complicated in our understanding. Discerning truth from lies becomes more certain. Much as the clarity of the sounding peal of a bell from a distant source. From thus comes the aphorism, ” having the ring of truth.”
Above all, we must restrain the lies we tell ourselves. We must maintain the clarity of mind to think neither to highly nor lowly of ourselves, but only what the Lord says about us. The simplicity of the Lord’s truth will provide for us balance, perspective, and clarity. -g.w.