“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Col 1:13
Darkness becomes a lot more visible if it’s perceived from the sphere of light; but we can get accustomed to it if we remain in darkness long enough. When the light is turned off at night, we seem to be blind for a short while, but are able to see after we get used to the darkness. Yet the main issue is this: it’s nearly impossible to detect our darkness if we remain in the dark. Light is absolutely necessary for us to see our darkness. Not only does it cast away darkness; the light also reveals and exposes darkness as well.
There was a period of time in my youth when I dwelt in utter darkness, yet I had no idea of the reality at all. My life might have been in danger because of what I was involved in, yet I was totally oblivious to it. The darkness of my sin appeared to keep me from perceiving the blackness in me.
We must be brought to a point when we become aware of ourselves and our dire predicament before we start to seek any help. I seem to wear the same dress shirt week after week, even though the collar has been stained. I continue to wear it on Sundays because the stain isn’t visible to other people. Indeed, the degree of darkness does not alter the essence of darkness at all, and sin is sinful by whatever name it’s labeled. I often become self-conscious wearing a white shirt with a stained collar, even though I may be the only one who is aware of the fact.
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”
The more we are illuminated by the light, the clearer we will see our darkness, and we will remain ignorant to the degree we have been stained if we do not read the word of God. The closer we get to the light, the more obvious our darkness will be, and it may even get to the point when we cease to make excuses for ourselves. To be in the light is to identify reality as black and white; the farther we depart from the light, the grayer realities will become. Ultimately, the two seem to merge into a giant glob of greyness, where black and white can no longer be distinguished.
The darkness I had to deal with when I was converted with was my drinking habit, and I thought I was home free when it was resolved, not realizing it was just a baby step that I took towards being immersed in the light. In fact, I was merely out of the edge of darkness and my journey to the light was just starting.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 7:08:00 AM