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The Kingdom of Light


C.S. Lewis, in his classic, The Great Divorce, described Hell in a very striking way – not quite daylight, not quite dark. Grey. Dreary. Cold. Not quite raining… but a mist every now and then. Not light enough to see into shop windows, but not dark enough for the street lamps to be on.

I’ve heard people comment that they feel like they’re already experiencing Hell here on earth. And to a point, I believe they are. But it’s only a taste… a foreshadowing. Covered up, but never warm. Never quite making out shapes or figures. Always waiting… but afraid of the light — or rather, what the light will expose. So we hide in fear, afraid to let anyone near, afraid to be real, afraid to be honest. We play the game and as a result become angry, anxious, or depressed.

But then suddenly, the pain of being in the darkness reaches a breaking point. We get tired of being controlled by fear, by the darkness. Suddenly the fear of the light isn’t as strong. Because with the light comes hope. We don’t have play a game any longer. We can just be real. Honest. To be us.

So we come to Jesus – we step out of the darkness and into the light. We let him see us as we are… in all our filth. And we let him wash us clean, and in response we follow Him in the light for the rest of our days. We’re now free.

Colossians 1:13-13
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

1 Thessalonians 5:5
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

Psalm 56:13
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

1 John 1:7
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, purifies us from all sin.

The problem is that sometimes we forget that we’re no longer children of the dark, from the dominion of darkness. Sometimes we revert back to our secrecy, our fear, and our hiding. We refuse to be honest, to trust. Because truth is harder than a lie. And at first, the lie seems harmless. But sin always destroys. And before we know it, the sin we were keeping for fun has turned on us – and now we’re trapped in the shadows. We’ve gone so far into the shadows that we’re terrified what the people in the light will say or do, so we continue moving deeper and deeper into the darkness rather than risk being honest and receiving help. Repentance is hard, and we’re still not one hundred percent certain that we can’t pull out pleasure from our choices in the dark.

But sin is never worth it.

Repentance brings freedom.

Be honest.

As children of the light, we’ve nothing to fear any longer.

We’ve nothing to hide any longer.

We want Jesus, not us.

We want Jesus, not secrets.

We want Jesus, not lies.

We want Jesus, not depression.

We want Jesus, not deception.

We want Jesus, not fear.

We want Jesus, not sin.

The truest sign of Christian maturity is a believer’s commitment to godly accountability. Welcoming it, seeking it, and treasuring it. The motivation comes from a desire for Christ, freedom, light, truth, and honesty. It’s a result of forsaking sin, shame, and darkness. We no longer want to be committed to deeds of darkness, but to the glorious light and glory of Christ.

If you’re still hiding in the shadows… why? Aren’t you tired of living in the shadows?

It’s time to be honest.

There is nothing quite so powerful to ruin relationships, jobs, and churches as the self-preservation of secrets, deceit, and fear that keeps people in the dark, taking from people rather than giving. Walking in the light tears down walls, it doesn’t build them up.  Don’t fall into the trap. Good relationships are a result of giving, of being honest, transparent, and in the light.

If We’re Honest (Francesca Battistelli)

Truth is harder than a lie
The dark seems safer than the light
And everyone has a heart that loves to hide
I’m a mess and so are you
We’ve built walls nobody can get through
Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest

Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not
Living life afraid of getting caught
There is freedom found when we lay
our secrets down at the cross, at the cross

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re hones

It would change our lives
It would set us free
It’s what we need to be

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest
If we’re honest

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