Hi, Rob here. I was driving home in the Waikato fog yesterday and was stunned by the number of cars who were driving without their lights on. The fog was really thick and those cars were really hard to see. Later that morning I read these verses about Jesus in church; “In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:4-5).” Light is powerful. It helps us to see clearly. It shows us the way, illuminates any obstacles, reveals hidden delights and gives life. In Revelation 22:5 it says about Eternity, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Jesus wants to take away our fog and give us his light so that we may see with his eyes and follow him well.
But how do we learn to see with the eyes of Jesus? In Ephesians 1:18-19, Paul writes this; “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Holy cow! Yes, I want to see that! I want to be enlightened (lit up) in that way. Sometimes it takes a verse like that to open our eyes to what we’re not seeing. Are you seeing in your life hope, glory and power straight from the hand of God? Or are you seeing boredom, smallness and weakness? The problem is that we can get used to the fog. We can get used to just putting one foot in front of the other, doing the next thing, going to the next meeting that we forget that as children of God we have enlightened hearts, and can live our lives with much more hope, power and purpose. Through Christ we have become light bearers, hope givers and people who overflow with life.
But here’s my confession: even though I know all that to be true I forget to pray like Paul. My prayers are often much smaller. They’re all about coping or enduring, which is okay but hardly an example of overflowing life! To help with this I have to stop and deliberately remember who Christ is and who I am in him. In his prayer Paul carries on to say that the power God gives us and wants us to know is “the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that can be invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:19-21).” When we remember Jesus in his fullness and remember that his life dwells in us, and that he is our life, the eyes of our heart get opened. Light comes in. Clarity, vision and direction come in. Assurance, peace and purpose come in. Jesus is the light that penetrates the darkness – even a Waikato fog. May our eyes be on him even as the eyes of our hearts are opened in his name.