“The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is unclear, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
If you close your eyes, you see nothing, everything becomes dark and you can’t see where you’re going. Some are blind and therefore cannot see. When it comes to spiritual darkness, it can be that you consciously choose to close your eyes to certain things or that you have been blinded and deceived.
Spiritual leaders have an extra responsibility before God because they are meant to lead others right. Jesus said that “if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch”. The worst thing that can happen to a person is to be deceived. If you have darkness as a guide, the darkness in your life will only get deeper and deeper until you come to the eternal darkness.
There is always a battle for the truth and Satan disguises himself as an angel of light and his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:13-15). This is nothing new but goes on in every generation.
“Take heed therefore lest the light which is in you is darkness.” Luke 11:35
Jesus urged the people to make sure that the light they have as a guide is not darkness. Every believer has his own personal responsibility before God to live and believe rightly, and it is not complicated.
If a pastor takes the place of God in your life, you are on dangerous ground because a man can always go and lead wrong. You just have to read the Bible and see how deception existed even then and you can also see in church history how much deception that has flourished.
The Christian life begins and ends with the personal walk with Jesus. Then there are pastors who are ordained by God and do wonderful work, but just because they are right today does not guarantee that they will be right tomorrow. We need to keep track of our own lives, but also of those we listen to.
In Acts, we see that the people of Berea listened willingly to the apostle Paul, but then they searched the Scriptures to check if Paul was right (Acts 17:10-11). This is the responsibility of every believer and here laziness must not take over, because then one can be deceived. Being able to discern light from darkness is about going to the source – the Bible.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105
The Bible is fundamentally not at all difficult to understand. The Bible interprets itself and the Holy Spirit helps us understand and apply it. You grow and mature as a Christian when you walk with Jesus and read and practice what the Bible teaches.
You can go right, you can walk in the light in the midst of a dark world where darkness even is closing in on congregations today. Ask God to help both you and others to walk in the light and guidance of the Bible until one day we reach our destination in heaven.
God bless you.