The Dark Places

 

25th January

Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”

Luke 11:35-36

Sometimes as Christians, it is so easy to full into the trap of ‘I am a Christian’ label, that we can forget that being a Christian or follower of Jesus is about relationship, not religion. In getting caught up with preserving our Christian front on the outside, we can neglect the relationship with Jesus in our hearts. This is exactly the issue Jesus addressed with the Pharisees. They were so good at being ‘religious’, down to even tithing the first fruits from their tiniest herb gardens. Yet in their hearts they ignored the ‘justice and love of God’ and rather were filled with ‘greed and wickedness’. Jesus goes on to paint such a strong picture of the Pharisees, describing them as ‘hidden graves in a field’ waiting to be stepped on unknowingly by passers by1.

We too must be careful that we don’t consume ourselves with being a ‘Good Christian’ or a ‘Good Person’ and neglect our relationship with Jesus. It is not wrong to tithe well, or to be obedient to God’s commands. Rather it is encouraged. Yet when ‘doing’ supersedes ‘being’ then our relationship with Jesus becomes unbalanced and distant.

Today as we search our hearts, let us ask God to reveal any dark places that might be lurking in our hearts and replace them with His glorious light. He wants to have a close relationship with us. That’s why He gave His life for ours. Let our prayers be that we may become a floodlight for Christ, both inside and out, and when people see us, they will see Christ.

1Stepping on a grave was a big no no in Jewish customs as it made the person unclean. Death symbolised uncleanliness.

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