Need Those Headlights
From Kakamega, Kenya
On Saturday it took nine and half hours to drive from Nairobi to Kakamega in western Kenya.
Pastor Sammy was at the wheel the entire way. Sitting to his left I watched him constantly flick the headlights from high to low beam and back to high. Through rain and fog, the lights illumined the darkness ahead and Sammy drove us safely to our hotel.
In the first century chariots didn’t come equipped with high and low beam. But when it came to walking through a room after dark, oil lamps were an absolute necessity. They were to be placed high on a stand and without these burning lamps you stumbled in darkness. Jesus knew the lamp’s purpose and used it as an illustration of the power of the light He wants to bring into the threatening darkness of our lives.
“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts hit under a bowl. No! One takes a lighted lamb and places it on a lampstand. Then the light goes out and they can see.
The light of the body is the eye. If your eye is sincere (healthy without deceit), then your entire body is radiant with light. On the other hand, if your eye is evil (unhealthy, deceitful), than your entire body is dark. Therefore be careful not to allow the light that is in you to be darkness. Let your entire body experience the radiant light as when the light of a lamp shines for you.” Luke 11:33-36
Jesus is the lamp in the dark who is shining for us. If we have received His light, then we must not hide it under a bushel so that others can’t see the light. If we have not responded to Jesus’ revelation yet, it’s time for an eye check. Eyes are the windows into the soul. If inside we are filled with evil, deceit, and a rebellion against the truth that Jesus is seeking to speak to us, then we will be driving in the dark down a road far more dangerous than I was on in western Kenya.
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