Luke 11:33-36 “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.”
You use your eye to perceive things around you – including Jesus. Is your perception of Him “enlightening” your mind? Or is your misperception of Him darkening your mind? Jesus says if you eye is “healthy,” your whole body will be full of light. The word translated “healthy” can mean “without guile, sincere.” The healthy eye sees things as they really are – in particular, the healthy eye sees Jesus as He really is. When we do this, our whole body is transformed by that truth.
On the other hand, if your eye is not healthy but bad or evil, you won’t see Jesus as He really is. You instead close your mind to His love, His mercy, His grace, His power, His majesty. In that case, you are not perceiving the truth. Like someone who wears glasses that distort all the light coming to his eyes, you cannot see anything correctly. And your whole body remains in its natural state – full of darkness.
The Pharisees and their “generation” are like this. They see a distorted Jesus. They refuse to recognize Jesus as who He is: The King. Their eyes are evil. Their bodies are full of darkness. What should be light – their thoughts of God – are actually darkness. Religion without truth inoculates us against the truth.
On the other hand, if you perceive Jesus as Truth, as Light, that light permeates your entire being; you become light to others, displaying that truth to them. You love God with all your heart; you love your neighbor as you love yourself. That’s our hope: That we might see Him, and in seeing Him, be transformed into His likeness to His glory.
Recognizing Jesus as He really is – as King – is key to shining with His light.