The Cost of Darkness

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Holy Week

Do you desire fellowship or darkness? To be known and loved or hidden behind the lies?

“If we say we have fellowship with Him while we 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 his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6-7

John is not setting the expectation of sinless perfection. He is also not suggesting we wallow and enjoy sin. The former is unachievable in this mortal flesh and the latter is death by fleshly satisfactions. The deeper call is to be real, broken human beings. He is inviting us to trust in the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin. He invites us into the light as broken, sinful human beings.

What is the cost of living in darkness?

1.  Darkness is a choice to live a life of pretense – a lie. It is a choice to live falsely before God and others.  To hide my brokenness in the shadows is to pretend I am something I’m not. This costs me my humanity and a lot of energy to keep up the facade, the mask. It is truly a deadly choice to depend on my goodness, my ‘performance’ rather than His grace! It is a risk to surrender to love, but to forsake pretense and walk in the light is a step toward embracing abundant life.

2. Darkness costs connection. It is to live distant and disconnected from God and others – to forfeit relationships bathed in loving truth, compassion and acceptance. The truth is we only enjoy real relationships when we show up real — broken, repentant, and loved, not as pretentiously pious performers. The darkness, deception and pretense cost me connection with God and with you.

I choose to let go of “appearances” (and the press clippings I might like to believe) and pursue real life giving relationships. This means I show up broken, weak and radically dependent upon the unconditional grace and love of Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul said:

I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses … For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2Corinthians 12:9-10

The reward is knowing Christ and the power and love of God! Will you risk walking in the light, being known and embracing real relationships?

The light and love of God changes everything – let’s walk in it together.

Day 3 of our Lenten Journey

Saturday March 9, 2019

“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”

John 14:18

According to social psychologist and researcher Brene’ Brown, we are lonelier than ever. Social media, cell phones, technology and the capacity to travel have not brought us together, but created a world of loneliness and superficial connections.

What a marvelous reality that the Savior of the world did not save from a distance, but came to be with us, to dwell as a man among men, eat with sinners, become known to friends, and go to weddings. It was very personal and very much a ministry of presence with Jesus.

And even as Jesus physically departs to return to his Father, he promises not only to not leave us alone, as orphans (exposed, in danger, fending for self), but to give us the Holy Spirit. In Paul’s letter to Timothy he says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment” (2Tim1:7)

We are not alone – and we are not made to be alone. Take a moment and BREATH – breath in the reality that the Spirit of the Living God is in you, for you and loves you. Let him meet you in your loneliness. Now choose to meet others, to be present in love with others – let’s not leave one another as orphans, but love as we have been loved.