Man, this convicted me today:
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness. If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.” (Luke 11:33-36 HCSB)
There must be more Light in my life. But here is the kicker, it needs to be in ALL areas of my life. Just a little darkness is not okay. I like how the NLT translated verse thirty-six: “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11:36 NLT). It’s not okay to have some darkness. We should have no darkness, even in those pesky corners.
Those pesky dark corners are the places where I think I have things under control or, simply don’t want to give up control to God. They need the Light. God deserves all of me. For me, this usually means living with more discipline.
Yes, it’s true, we will never be perfect here on the earth. But I must stop using that as an excuse. I must look in the dark corners and find out how to get Light there to expose it and eliminate it. The Light eliminates the darkness. He exposes it. It’s then up to me to change.
I want my life to radiate or illuminate entirely. That means work. That takes change. God, expose the dark corners in my life that need the Light. May I be bold enough to change.