Do You Drive With Your Headlights Off
Years ago I remember driving down a two lane road and I noticed something that I had seen before but didn’t realize what it was. I could tell the person in the car coming towards me was looking at me. How is that possible? The pupil of the eye is incredibly small at any distance. How was I able to discern whether the person was looking at me or not? Regardless as to what I thought in the natural, I knew he was.
The lamp of the body is the eye
There had to be an answer for this so I went to the Word of God and searched for an answer. I looked at all the scriptures which mentioned the eyes. I found the answer. It turns out the Bible tells us that the eyes are a lamp unto the Lord.
Matthew 6:22 (NKJV)
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
I began to look in mirror a my own eyes. I couldn’t determine if there was visible Light there or not. But when I looked at others, I could. This isn’t visible Light in the physical, this is spiritual Light. If you are a believer in Christ and have opened the doors of your heart and allowed Jesus to come in, there is Light in your heart. Unfortunately, we can also have a problem with how we handle the Light. In fact, our eyes can be so blackened that no Light can escape them. This is due to our sin. They can be very dim indeed. The Bible attests to this as well.
Matthew 6:23 (NKJV)
23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
About seven years ago, God gave me the gift of discerning of spirits. It wasn’t long after that I began to realize I could tell if people were saved or not. There have only been a few times where their sin was so heavy that I didn’t discern any Light in them at all. After confession and deliverance, the Light was back in it’s fullness. The gift God gave me has become a tremendous tool for leading people to salvation. Including those who sit in churches thinking they are already saved.
Our eyes give away what is going on in our spiritual life. If we are walking with sin, that sin is going to cover up the Light of Christ coming out of the heart. Let me share a testimony of an encounter I had a few years ago with a young couple. The husband was the son of a pastor of a church in Colorado where my wife and I had been invited to speak. He had married a tremendous young lady who was clearly saved, but he wasn’t. The pastor asked me if he was and I told her I didn’t see any Light. She asked if we would talk with him before we left to go back home in Washington. We agreed to make them our last ministry before we left.
I asked the pastor if we could first meet with him without his wife. She talked to them and they agreed. The husband came into the pastors office with my wife and I but he wouldn’t sit down. He was pretty agitated. Before I could say anything, he said, “I just want you to know that I love God and have been saved since I was young.” I smiled because I knew he had been lied to and wasn’t. I asked him to sit down and he did so reluctantly. He clearly wanted to leave, but he let me speak to him. “My wife and I are about to leave this town and go home. But I can’t leave and let you stay in a place of not being saved. There is no Light of Christ in you at all. Are you willing to open your heart to Him and get saved right now?” He didn’t hesitate for a moment. “Yes!”
His eyes were marble black. There was nothing there. All I could see was the void of an unsaved soul. We all stood up and I said, “Ask Jesus to forgive you for being deceived in believing you were already saved.” He did. “Ask Jesus to forgive you for being a sinner.” He did. And so did Jesus. “Now, I want you to take your hands and open up the doors over your heart and hold them open.” This was fun! He grabbed both doors at the center of his chest and opened them up to Jesus. “Now, do not think Jesus will come into you if you don’t really want Him. You need to ask with your heart for Him to save you.” He burst into tears and asked Jesus to come in. I saw the Light fall right into his heart. Glory!
My wife and I saw something happen in which we had never seen this before. His onyx colored eyes turned bright blue instantly. We both looked at each other and all we could say was “Wow!” The pastor was looking at it and just as surprised. I asked if someone would bring his wife in and my wife went out and got her. She came in and the moment she looked up into her husbands eyes, she burst into tears as she not only saw the Light, but those beautiful blue eyes. God had performed an amazing miracle for them as a couple. All along he thought he was saved, but that day wasn’t done. I asked them if they would like to have the Holy Ghost. They both said “Yes!” I laid hands on them together and they both began to speak in tongues. The whole room was in tears. God had shown off His love for this couple.
You might be asking, “What does this have to do with headlights?” I’m so glad you asked…
A few years ago, I spent a few summer evenings each week with my associate pastor. He and I would walk through town and pray for people. Oh, I could tell you some amazing stories of what God did during that time. One evening, we decided to walk through our city park which is packed out with beautiful mature pine trees. Because of how dense the trees are in the park, it is virtually impossible for the city light to penetrate into the park at night. This night was even more dark as there wasn’t any moon or stars shining over us. We entered the park at one end and instantly noticed there was a buffer of Light all around us. As we walked, the Light of Christ was coming out of our eyes and pushing back the darkness around us. Wherever we looked the darkness had to flee. Mark and I decided to experiment. “In the Name of Jesus, we release more Light!” Instantly the darkness would get pushed back even further away from us. So awesome!
We later taught our church body to go out and try it for themselves. Many did and we got back fun stories as they saw this for themselves.
So the question becomes, how are your headlights (eyes) doing? Are you putting out the fullness of the Light of Christ or are your eyes dimmed because of sin in you? Truly there is a fix for your sin, but you are going to need to be taught more about it and how to get rid of it.
I hope this story grows you in your understanding of just a part of your spiritual life with Jesus.
With love and blessings towards you,
Pastor Jeff Mauer