The people living in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned. (Matt 4.16)
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God (John 3:19-21)
Have you ever had one of those experiences where are you cruising through life, thinking that you are spiritually well, and then, out of nowhere, you have one of those redemptive moments? I had one of those this week while praying on my lunch break. It’s like, all of a sudden, I found myself surrounded by the darkness within me, and I could see nothing but the pitch blackness that enveloped me. Then, out of nowhere, God shines the light of His holiness on me. It wasn’t one of those glorious ambient lights that fill the entire scene with warmth either. It was more like one of those narrowly focused spot lights. It was one that pierced the darkness and pointed, with an incredible accuracy, on that very area of sin that was once so protected by the darkness. I felt the eyes of the Lord gazing upon me, and I felt very exposed and vulnerable. I imagine it was much like what Adam and Eve felt when they first noticed their nakedness, and then felt the eyes of God just staring at the one area that they were trying so desperately to hide..
C.S. Lewis once wrote: “You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendors” The Weight of Glory (1949)
The truth of this quote hit me pretty hard . You see, the darkness within me wants so bad to see some people as “mere mortals”. The truth is that they are not. Every one of us is immortal. We will all live forever; in horror . . . or in splendor. The only thing that separates me from a horrific eternity is that, by God’s grace, I hate the darkness within me and I love the light of God’s holiness.
I have moments of concern for the lost, but most of the time I am blind to all of the lost souls surrounding me. I see them as “mere mortals”. This is the sin that was so clearly exposed this week, and I ask for you to pray for me, a sinner saved by grace.
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