“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

I love waking up to a beautiful day when the sun is shining bright and there’s not a cloud in the sky. Not every day is like that, of course. Some days are dark and gloomy. But even on those days the sun is still shining, it’s just hidden by the clouds. The sun is always shining but we don’t always see it because it’s blocked from our view by one thing or another; maybe by clouds, or by a big tree or tall building, or completely blocked at night by the rotation of the earth.

That’s a good analogy for the verse above. “The god of this age” is Satan and it says that he “has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel.” Sometimes he uses success to blind the minds of unbelievers. When things are going well it’s easy to feel self-justified and self-satisfied and be blind to your need for Christ. Other times, Satan uses hardship, trial, and tribulation to blind the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel.

By contrast, regarding believers, 2 Corinthians 4: 6 says God “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory.” And that means we have a job to do. We are to reflect His light so that others may see too and believe. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

How well does your life shine the gospel light?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church