The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. If your whole body, then, is full of light, no part being dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the shining candle gives you light.” — Luke 11:34,36, MEV
There are many who profess to be followers of Christ who do not have an eye single to his glory. They have their own ideas and standards, and they keep these before them instead of the standard of the Word of God. What we need is pure and undefiled religion. We need to plead for the righteousness that comes to the truly converted soul who accepts the life of the Redeemer as his example.
We are to present to the world a life of overcoming,—overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. But in order to do this, we must seek the Lord daily that our natural temperaments and desires may be brought under the converting power of the Holy Spirit, and into harmony with the life of Christ. When you submit to these conditions, you will realize Christ’s power and sufficiency. Denying self, and walking humbly with God, you will experience the truth of the words of the Saviour, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
My brethren and sisters, have courage in God; have faith in Christ. Put on the robe of Christ’s righteousness, and let the light of heaven come into heart and mind. The Lord says, Go forward. Do not shut up yourselves to yourselves, but labor and sacrifice that others may know the preciousness of a living Saviour. You are God’s children. Learn of him as little children, that he may work in you and through you. Through your instrumentality the grace of God may come into many hearts.
May God help us to understand that we must be laborers together with him. Let us begin right here to be co-workers with Heaven. Let us put away the foolish reading-matter, and study the Word of God. Let us commit its precious promises to memory, so that, when we are deprived of our Bibles, we may still be in possession of the Word of God. Let us cultivate the attributes of earnestness, bringing into all our labors for others the simplicity of true godliness. When this experience of overcoming is ours, our labors for others will not be without fruit.
— The Review and Herald, January 6, 1910
I seek to be filled with Your light, O Lord, and plead for the righteousness of Christ to flow through my soul. I humbly deny my own selfish desires that I may be an overcomer and walk according to Your Word. Thank You that I may bring all my natural inclinations under the converting power of the Holy Spirit. May the light of heaven come in and fill my heart and mind that I may be a co-worker with all heaven.