Does Jesus’ Light Shine Through You?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good (regularly seeing good things), your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad (regularly seeing bad things) your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Matthew 6:22,23 (my notes added)
I used to be a Christian who watched and listened to just about everything. I wasn’t going to be known as one of those stiff, prude, religious people—NO WAY! Nobody likes those people anyway, except for other religious people. And then all they do is get together to compare their levels of legalism to one another. Count me out.
So because of my arrogant refusal to filter out the stuff which I regularly watched and listened to—as well as my blatant stonewalling to think twice about the places I frequented—I always felt as if something inside me wasn’t quite right. I couldn’t quite put my thumb on it, but there was an uneasiness in my soul.
The opening verse of this devotional explains this uneasiness perfectly. Because Jesus lived in my spirit, but yet, I was still allowing my body to watch things He didn’t agree with, or go to places He didn’t want me at, a conflict was happening.
Jesus tells us why we have that “wrong” feeling inside of us, it’s because we are allowing darkness into our holy temples, our bodies (see 1 Corinthian 6:19). Even when it seems as if we’re not doing anything too bad or too harmful, He still calls it “darkness.” So if Jesus claims there is a darkness in me–in my soul, not my spirit–I want it gone! I want Him to remove it! The good news is, He will!
The even better news is: He still loved me unconditionally with that darkness in my soul. Yes, Christians can have darkness in their souls, and still be Christian. Our souls are constantly changing, our spirits are not.
With God, it’s not “Do whatever, have fun, I’ve got your back.” No, it’s, “Please listen to me and do what I say. I love you, and I know what’s best for you. I want my light to grow in you and through you.”
If darkness can grow in the customizable part of our beings–our souls–then so can light! (See Matthew 6:22,23). This is why it matters so much that we observe very closely what we regularly watch, what consistently entertains us, and where we spend a lot of time–it is very important for the good health of our souls!
It’s vital to be on the lookout for “what and who” we constantly listen to–or read–because we are always subconsciously filling up our minds, which is a part of our souls (mind, free will, and emotions). We are consistently–and most of the time, unknowingly–training ourselves on how to react to people, unfair situations, success, disappointments, as well as how we see the entire world around us.
This is why we must choose to see the world how Christ sees it! Even though He lives in us as believers, we can still muffle Him. How? By filling up our souls with bad stuff instead of good stuff! By ignoring His loving guidance which is trying to pull us away from bad stuff!
Friend, not only do we have to pay attention to what and who we are paying attention to, but we must also pay attention to the environments in which we place ourselves on a regular basis. Keeping our souls strong requires us to observe our surroundings and make good choices. And no, I’m not just talking about bars, nightclubs, and parties–where fleshy sin is rampant–I’m also talking about attending unloving, graceless, dead works churches. Mostly non-viewable sin is dominant in such places, but sin still the same. So we must remember that it goes both ways.
There are lots of saved people who go to bars every single day, and there are lots of non-saved people who go to church each time the doors are opened. The grace-confused, church-obsessed people don’t get a free pass here, and neither do those who need their minds renewed from bar-hopping, drug addictions, and improper sexual practices.
For this reason, any place we go, we must ask ourselves, “Am I impacting this environment in a positive way for Jesus?” or, “Am I allowing this environment to cover up the light of Christ in me?” We have to be environmentally-conscious as Christ-possessed people. Everything we do and every place we go, it’s imperative to be led by the Holy Spirit!
So today, my friends, know this: Jesus said, “You are the light of the world!” (See Matthew 5:14). In context, He was speaking to the Jews, but on this side of the Cross, you, Christian, are still the light because Christ lives in you! So it is our honor to shine! We must shine! We must shine, shine, shine baby! Darkness has no power over light! All darkness really is, is the absence of light! So be yourself today, be light! This is who you are! Let’s goooooooooo!
A prayer for you: Good morning, Lord! What an absolutely gorgeous morning you’ve given me! The cardinals are outside my window here, they are so bright-red and beautiful, thank you for them! And thank you for the light of Christ in me! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. I pray that you begin to help them discern what they should and shouldn’t be watching or listening to. Protect their souls from darkness! I also pray that you give them wisdom about the places they frequent–where to go and where not to go. Help them understand you’re not looking to make any law out of this, but instead, you simply want them to be guided by your Holy Spirit in all of their decisions. We love you. Amen.
This devotional is from 60 Days for Jesus, Volume 1. Get your copy here!