If the light in you is darkness

Re:Verse reading–Matthew 6:19-34 (day three)  “If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (vs 23)  What do you want?  What is it that you desire above all other things?  What do you focus on, think about (consciously or unconsciously) all day long?  Jesus calls this deepest desire “the eye” and says that it gives “light” in all other decisions.  Suppose a person is faced with two choices, two opportunities.  How does she decide between them?  Normally she references her ultimate goal and chooses the most helpful path.  In this way, her deepest desire functions as a “light”(wisdom).  But sometimes “light” is “darkness”.  Sometimes what we want is not what we should want, not what God commands us to want.  Just because we desire something doesn’t make it wise or good!  Our deepest desires  will send us down foolish and dark paths until we surrender what we want to God.  Friends, what do you want?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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  1. “What do you want?”…. interesting question. Reminds me of a sermon I heard years ago. Good question and one that it seems wise to revisit often.

    I can only answer for me, but what I really want… my consuming passion… is to make Jesus truly Lord. I am so far away from it, but believe with everything that is within me it is possible. This weekend made it so clear to me that many other Christians not only don’t have this as their goal, they actually think it laughable to entertain the idea that it is possible. When the reality of this hit me, I knew even more so what I am being called to… what I must do. The second thing that I really want is to belong to a family of faith (not just any one, but the one He has chosen for me) that believes it is possible to be truly Spirit-led. Isn’t it interesting that the Word says “No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”? I have very few answers, but I know what I am being called to….A Spirit-led life (in all areas) that will make it possible for me to truly call Jesus Lord (of all areas). May it be so.

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