Ever been in a in a really dark room where the darkness seems oppressive because you have just come out of the light? And you do things like put your hand up to your face but you can’t even see that? But little by little, as your eyes begin to adjust to the darkness, your hand comes clearly into view and the darkness doesn’t seem so dark anymore? It’s not like it’s a big shock or anything—the new ability to function in the darkness--it occurs so gradually that it seems normal—the whole adjusting thing. Wouldn’t you agree?
Don’t you also think we do that sometimes with our faith? I mean as Christ-followers, we are walking in the Light. But sometimes, when we are not being purposeful with our days, when we are not disciplining our minds to think with the truth, when we are not practicing discernment with our eyes and ears—basically, when we are allowing the world to woo us—then we are surrounding ourselves with darkness, not light. And because most of us don’t just jump with wild abandon into these compromises, and because most of these compromises come from several wrong choices over the course of time, it’s an unnoticeable change—a slow fade.
As we continue to surround ourselves with the darkness of the world’s ways, we become more and more able to function in that arena. In fact, the darkness begins to feel comfortable—not like an adjustment at all. We begin to look just like the world—not like the Children of Light that we are.
Let’s make a choice to be blinding Light to a world comfortable in darkness.
Then, and only then, will we be proper Image-bearers.
May it be so.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light—for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth—discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:8-10 (HCSB)