The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. (KJV)
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. (NASB)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,” (ESV)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. (NIV)
What does it mean to have a “single” eye, a “clear” eye, a “healthy” eye, or “good” eyes?
Only in Mat_6:22; Luk_11:34 translated single, i.e., not complex, easy, used of the eye as not seeing double as when it is diseased. When the eye accomplishes its purpose of seeing things as they are, then it is haploús, single, healthy, perfect. Singleness, simplicity, absence of folds. This, however, does not involve stupidity on the part of the Christian, but rather phróne?sis (G5428), prudence, knowing how to deal with fellow humans and the circumstances of life. Thus the Christian is supposed to be not only haploús, single and without duplicity, but also phrónimos (G5429), prudent.” (G573, The Complete Word Study Dictionary (electronic), Spiros Zodhiates)
How do we “see” the world? How do we “see” God?
For many years, I saw the world as being “spiritual.” For me this meant that I put everything that was metaphysical, esoteric, philosophical, and religious into a large basket and called it God. Then I could reach my hand into the basket and pull out whatever was interesting or appealing to me on a specific day. My eye strove to see the complexities and interweaving of all “spiritual” things. I could impress people with discourses on subjects of reincarnation, karma, parts of the human spiritual body, forces of nature, and even the esoteric conception of Christ. BUT THERE WAS NO LIGHT IN ME! The light, I thought I had, was of my own creation; and it was feeble indeed. Through it all, there was only one thing that I really wanted, and that was to know Christ Jesus. It was His gentle, but constant call that gave me the willingness to seek simplicity.
One-by-one I said good-by to the stuff in the basket of my spirituality until I got down to the truth. There is only one God consisting of the Father, son, and Holy Spirit. God created us and the world in which we live. We disobeyed God and He responded by giving us over to sin and death. But He did not leave us there forever. The Father sent His only son to live among us. He was all-God and All-man so that He could be sacrificed as an atonement for all sin. This God-man lived, taught, was killed, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit of truth to those who would believe in Christ Jesus, repent for their sins, and choose to be subject to the perfect will of God the Father in all aspects of life. For awhile, my basket only contained this content, but now, it is slowly being filled by the hand of God. He is filling my basket with the truth of the Bible and showing me how to carry the basket of His truth into the world. I know I am human, subject to deception and sin, but I am learning to trust in the power of God. Through Him I will learn, be convicted of sin, and be corrected, and if necessary be chastised.
Lord Jesus, I no longer seek complexity, but simplicity. I have so much more to learn and need your help to sanctify me. Help me carry your truth in my heart so that my arms will be free to do the will of our Father in Heaven. Please send brothers and sisters of Your choosing into my life so we can help one another have a closer relationship with You. Lord, may our eyes be single, clear, healthy, and good. Amen.