33 “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”
As soon as I read this passage, it reminded me of one of the radio devotions I had heard during the many hours I spend in my van. (You can read how it applied to one of my other posts here) Today's scripture passage was a reminder that we are to be a light "so that those who enter may see the light" The NHOP devotion says:
It is in the light, that all is revealed. Building a house in the light reveals the exact measurement, it reveals foundation problems, it reveals dangers and problems. Building a house in the dark hides all of these things. Darkness conceals any of the potential problems and the way to fix them.
"And because of the universality of this experience of light and darkness, we all understand without an explanation exactly what the metaphor's intending to communicate. The simple idea is this, light reveals and darkness conceals. Absolute light reveals absolutely, and absolute darkness covers absolutely. In fact, the apostle Paul articulated this axiomatic, proverbial, self-evident reality in Ephesians 5:13. He said this: "All things become visible when they are exposed by the light." And so the apostle Paul followed in the example of Jesus, understood that the idea of light and darkness become wonderful tools for which to communicate, or by which to communicate spiritual truth. Light reveals; darkness conceals. That is why blindness is so limiting. Light is everywhere. A blind person can't perceive it. All that light, all that disclosure, all that revelation--and it's useless....The simple truth is this, light is everywhere but blind people can't see it."
When we are without Christ we are blind. Blind to our sin, blind to our need for forgiveness, and blind to God's leading. We can try to live our lives on our own but we can't do it on our own. We are living in darkness and don't recognize the need for light. However, the light is always there.
Willfully blind. That is what keeps us in the dark. It is not the absence of light, it is the ignorance of not seeing it and allowing it to reveal instead of allowing darkness to conceal.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 11:37-44