The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.
If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness?
It seems to me that one of the most challenging disabilities would be the inability to see clearly or not at all. Without sight, life can really become complicated; therefore, various skillsets and tools have been developed for those who are sightless to empower them to be able to “see” in other ways. As a result, the visually impaired are more than able to participate in and contribute to our society, with certain restrictions. Now to accomplish all this, it is very clear that the one who is visually challenged has to turn from the darkness to a way of light. Without making a choice to be something, other than a hopelessly helpless blind person, the visually impaired person would be trapped in darkness.
There is a darkness, about which Jesus speaks, which is of a deeper and more negative nature than physical blindness. There is blindness far worse than physical visual impairment. It is a darkness that leaves a person blind to the things of the kingdom of God. Jesus, when talking to Nicodemus in John 3, makes it clear that this blindness occurs because the person has never been “born from above”…or born again. Jesus explains it like this: “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3).
Back in the first few chapters of the Bible, our ancestors were spiritually alive, and they walked with God daily; however, God warned them that if they sinned—which they did—they would die. Once they did so, the part of them that made them God conscious (their spirits) actually died, and they could no longer be intimate with God. They could not see Him any longer. They no longer enjoyed fellowship with God. There was no more listening to Him or just talking with Him.
Jesus came and made a covenant with humankind so the human spirit could be brought back to life. He made it possible for a person to be reborn. He made it possible for us to “see” the kingdom of God. His whole mission and purpose for living, suffering, bleeding, sacrificing his body dying, and rising from the dead was to make it possible for you and me to be born from above. Now, because He lives, we can also live. And because we live, we can see the kingdom of God.
Sadly, too many people are stumbling around in darkness because they do not believe or cannot clearly see how to simply believe in Jesus as Savior. They refuse to reach out to the one who has the cure for their spiritual blindness. They won’t receive the ability to see the kingdom of God. As a result, their lives are a mere existence where they do indeed exist, but they do not really live. Try as they may, they are in darkness, and they will not accept the remedy for their blindness.
I have heard many say that believing in Jesus as the only Savior is narrow-minded. Need I remind the reader that the rock-solid path of living — on which we are journeying — came through the narrow gate? Therefore, if going through this gate gives life and sight to those who are spiritually stumbling in the quicksand of their darkness, would not taking that narrow path be a good thing? I wear glasses, and there is only one prescription that will give me the clear vision that I need. It is a very narrow prescription that must be followed if I really wish to see. Help me understand why this narrow visionary concept is a bad thing if it saves me from being visually impaired.
Please don’t stumble along on your journey. You do not have to falter in such a way. You can have eyes to see! Jesus is offering to give sight to those who cannot see the kingdom of God. He is willing to give sight so you can walk along His stepping-stones of rock-solid living and avoid the devastating sand traps. He has the perfect prescription for your spiritual eyes. God loves you so much that He gave His one and only biological son—Jesus—that if you believe in Him, you will not perish, but you will have eternal life (share in God’s life forever). Open your eyes to Jesus today, and then you can begin to see the light of eternity all around. Believe Him. Believe in Him. Receive Him—not only as the Savior of the world but also as your Savior.
Back from the days of the early space race, there is a legend that goes something like this: The United States and Russia were in serious competition. The official view of the Soviets was atheistic, and in the United States, we believed in freedom of religion and expression. The Russian cosmonauts were interviewed and asked by their propaganda machine, “Did you see God out there in outer space?” The cosmonaut, wanting to be safe, said what was expected. He reportedly said, “I have been all out there into outer space, and I did not see God anywhere.” Later one of the American astronauts was asked a similar question: “When you went into outer space, did you see God anywhere?” The astronaut reportedly said, “I have been all the way into outer space and I saw God everywhere.” What was the difference? They both went into space. How could their perspective be so very different? The answer is that one did not believe. He simply could not and did not see. The other was a believer, and he had eyes with which to see.
Which one are you? Can you see the kingdom of God? Is there light in those eyes of yours? Are you focused on the Son of God, or are you in the dark? Step on the stepping-stones of a solid foundation. On Christ the solid rock, choose to stand. All other ground is sinking sand. Indeed, this is the ultimate truth—all other ground is sinking sand.