In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV)
Paul, the writer of this passage wasn’t overstating matters by referring to the devil as “the god of this world”, considering the sway he has over the mind of the unbeliever. When we come to know Jesus his influence reaches into the darkened recesses of our lives and floods them with the light of truth which is our salvation. In a sense up until that point we suffer from a sort of spiritual blindness, our true nature shrouded in stubbornness and denial. Once saved, we can no longer hide our sins in those unlit corners which, to our way of thinking, no one knows about but ourselves.
My father was plagued with poor eyesight his entire life, yet when he was a child his family was so poor they couldn’t provide him with the prescription glasses he so badly needed. When he became a teenager and was allowed to work like his older brothers and sisters, his first major purchase was a pair of the highly coveted glasses he so badly needed. He immediately valued them for the transformation they made in his life.
Likewise, when Christ came into His own suddenly it was as if God had provided a nearly blind world with corrective lenses, but as with any new discipline total commitment is required if we are to make a go of it. But oh the rewards if we will just make the effort of getting our eyes adjusted to this new way of seeing. The beauty of God’s grace is that, if we are willing to change, He is more than willing to meet us halfway. Surrender is the key. The choice is yours—to step into Christ’s glorious light and know the freedom of release that comes with it or squander your life on selfish pursuits that are always a dead end.
Dear Lord, Please open our eyes to your great light and guide us in the path to true freedom. Amen.