Always Choose to Walk in the Light
“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!” Matthew 6:22-23
In these words, Jesus calls us to keep our eyes on what is righteous and true, to keep our eyes on His light. If you think about it, we don’t voluntarily walk around in the dark in our physical world. We can agree that light is an important part of navigating our way around any building, room, field, or set of woods. We are rarely glad to walk around in the dark, especially in an unfamiliar place. Yet, that is how we sometimes live our spiritual lives. We willingly avoid God’s Word and the voice of the Holy Spirit, marching on in the dark with such confidence, assuming we know where we’re going.
But how could we know?
The Apostle John, like Jesus, recognizes God as the light of the world in his letter to the Church. “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).
If we are to walk with true direction and understanding of our journey, we must walk in the light of God, which is found in the presence of the Holy Spirit within us and in the knowledge of the Word of God that has been given to us. Whether we are facing moral, business, family or money matters, we must walk in the light of the Holy Spirit and in the light of God’s word.
If we walk around without God as our light, we walk around in darkness, and if we “walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” In darkness, we lie to ourselves about the world around us. We think we have it all figured out, and while some might actually believe us, we are just stumbling in the dark. God, in His grace and love for us, allows us to walk in His light to find fellowship, forgiveness and purity. God has offered us the gift of His light. It’s time we gratefully take Him up on the offer!