Modern eye surgery can be a great thing for people with correctable vision problems.
Many of my friends and relatives who have had surgery for cataracts can see better after surgery than they could before. Several of them don’t even need glasses because the implants they received corrected their vision. One of my relatives who had suffered from severe cataracts said after her surgery it was almost like someone switched on a light.
In Ephesians 3:8-12, the apostle Paul discussed the great gift he had been given of the revelation of God and the amazing opportunity to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ to Gentiles who had been in spiritual darkness all their lives. In verse 9, Paul said it had been given him the honor “to make all men see…” or as one writer put it, “turn on the light.”
Do we look at preaching the gospel like that? Isn’t preaching the greatest opportunity to turn on the light of the gospel and help someone see something wonderful? Or, like many folks, have we become so complacent that we no longer consider how fantastic it is to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ?
Perhaps we should consider the mystery being discussed here is the final solution to the problem of sin and death. When a person sinned, the result was something had to die. In Romans 6:16, the apostle wrote, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.”
But the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross coupled with our obedience to the gospel made us free from sin and servants of righteousness. No longer are we under a system of sin and death. On the contrary, we are now free from sin and have in view everlasting life (Romans 6:22).
When we preach the gospel to people, it has the power to transform us and change us into something we never were. It has the power to transfer us from darkness into the kingdom of God’s own son (Colossians 1:13). The gospel has the power to transfer us into the light.
Whenever we think our work in the church is not that important, whenever we are discouraged thinking no one is listening, we should remember what we’re doing preaching the gospel to the lost can change someone eternally.
Like switching on a light.