The Light in You

Reading: Luke 11:27-54


God created our eyes as “the lamp of the body.” By the light they take in, we understand the world around us and our position in it. The Architect of the human eye uses this design to impress upon His creation the importance of spiritual discernment as well. As Jesus teaches about the difference between a healthy eye and a bad eye (vv. 33-36), he warns us about the dangers of spiritual blindness: “be careful lest the light in you be darkness” (v. 35).


It's certainly a challenge to be blind to the truth. But what if someone were to embrace lies and genuinely see them as the truth? What that person calls light in himself or herself is actually darkness. She starts thinking blessedness is about privilege instead of submission (vv. 27-28). He will be convinced of a new idea only on his own terms (vv. 29-32). These blind people focus on the mechanics of serving God while forgetting to offer their heart in humility (vv. 37-44). Indeed, the spiritually blind person makes knowledge and its proper application an unattainable thing to both himself and those he influences (vv. 45-52).


It's no wonder that Jesus rebuked the religious elite so harshly for their spiritual blindness. But it is easy to let a little bit of darkness creep in: to dim the truth with the shade of a lie. We all need the admonition the Lord gives here: “If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright…” (v. 36). May our eyes ever be fixed on Jesus so as to allow the truth of God to fill us, expose the lies and errors in us, and enable us to respond to conform to the truth.