Darkness. In a room without light the darkness is palpable. We immediately become fearful, panicked, disoriented. Our first instinct is to reach for something solid. Something we can hold on to. If it is not within arms’ reach, we may take a few stumbling steps seeking it as a buoy in a storm, but if it cannot be found, we will opt for the floor. At least it is solid. We will secure ourselves to anything that provides the comfort of being a firm support. This spot will be our anchor, our refuge. We will not stray from it and we will learn to process the world around us only from the vantage point of this spot. There is no progress, no path, no purpose other than to just hold on. But what if this “buoy” is a pile of broken glass? We cut our hands the first time we found it. But in lieu of any other reference point, we will come back. We will learn to embrace the shards. As time goes by, we get used to the cuts and start to even lay down in the pile of broken pieces. We stop feeling the pain. This is our fate, our destiny. We tell ourselves that it feels good and we continue in our self-destruction.
The book of Ephesians describes the walk of the Gentiles: “… [they] walk in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them… who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to licentiousness… (4:17-19). We remember those days, right? When we said, “in for a penny….” And,” well, I’ve already messed up my diet, I might as well finish the cake…” Or, “no one will know…” The question is, was that before we came to Christ, or just yesterday? 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” We have been called out of the darkness.
In a dark room any light is visible, no matter how dim. And the light is a beacon. It immediately provides direction, orientation, purpose, and hope. It draws everything and everyone that can see it. We have been called out of the darkness into the light. We are instructed to “walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8). We meet on Sundays and enjoy fellowshipping with the Lord and other believers in the light, but how often do we put a cover over our light on Monday and go back to our dark room and locate our pile of glass again? How many of those habits have we drug from our old life into our new one because it is “just who we are”? How many times have we been asked if we believe in God, and in order to answer yes to that question, we have needed to have an immediate personality change? 1John 1:5-7 says: “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth, but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”.
Satan likes to have us believe, that although we may have Christ, we haven’t changed. We are still the same old person, with the same bad habits and hang ups. He does not want us to walk into that dark room as a light. Even a dim one. Because any light will free all the others that are in the room with us. But we know that we are a “new creation” (1 Cor 5:17). We need to believe what God tells us. We are changed. We are not a slave to the old habits. They do not have any hold over us any longer. Galatians 5:1 challenges us: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” We are free. We are light. We need to shake off the old man that keeps trying to smother our light and walk into our week shining – a beacon for all to see.