Be Careful, Lest the Light in You Be Darkness

The title of this post is the chapter heading from chapter 8 of John Piper’s

A Godward Heart:
Treasuring the God Who Loves You

The book is similar to two previous books by Pastor John,

The Godward Life: Book 1
The Godward Life: Book 2.

I recommend them all. This new third volume (2014) is composed of shorter chapters but each one is still as pungent and soul-challenging as the first two volumes of daily devotionals. Today, as I had my devotions, I was struck by John’s comments on Luke 11:33-36:

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a
basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the
light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is
healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your
body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in
you be darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having
no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its
rays gives you light.”

Piper comments:

“‘Be careful!’ he said. This is the only imperative in the text. Be careful what you see! Be careful what you regard as bright and attractive and compelling. If it is not Christ, you will be filled with darkness, no matter how bright it seems for a season. Candles seem bright until the sun comes out. Then they are useless and are put away.

Christ is the glory we were made to see. His light alone will fill us and give the light of life and meaning to every part of our lives. And when that happens, we ourselves will shine and give off the rays of Christ. ‘If then your whole body is full of light, have no part dark, it will be wholly bring, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light’ (v. 36).”  [page 31, italics added]

“What bright distraction have I fastened by vision upon that sends rays of darkness into my soul? Whatever it might be O God, help me to discern it, and reject it, and avoid it by repenting of it as a thing that keeps me from You.”
May your vision be through the light of Christ who is the light of the world and may your life, and thoughts, and words bring light to every corner of the world that He takes you to and through, for His glory.

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