We are moving through this season of lent and our scripture reference is Ephesians 5:8-14. Paul comes and tells the church of Ephesus that they are no longer living in the darkness but have become children of the light; so they are not to be associated with any deeds of darkness but rather of the light.
Light is fascinating because when you turn on the light it pierces the darkness, exposes it and causes it to go away. Jesus is called the light of the world and when the light comes the darkness is exposed and everything that was in darkness becomes illuminated by the light.
What does this have to do with our season of Lent? I will never forget a conversation I had with a young lady; her marriage was in shambles and she was ready to walk out on her husband and children. Her husband, filled with the Spirit, spoke a divine word to her and said: “you are filled with doubt and fear”. She replied: “I am not filled with fear because I walk our property at night with darkness all around me and I feel no fear”. At that moment, light came and filled me and I spoke to her: “You are not afraid of the darkness because you have become comfortable in the hiding. You fear the light, you fear being exposed because then you will have to look inside and allow Jesus to deal with those vulnerable areas of your life.”
As the words left my mouth, the Spirit whispered to me and spoke truth to me; that is me many times, I get comfortable in the hiding. There are patterns of thinking and areas of our lives that Jesus is shining His light into our lives. Not to overwhelm us, not to embarrass us but to heal us. He must go in and show us what is in our heart, what is in our mind, what patterns we have always responded to. It is in the midst of the shining light that He exposes us and when He comes into our life, we become the light and we shine in others lives. So in this season, would you be vulnerable? Would you be exposed? Would you allow the light to shine inside of you, so that you can go and shine into a world?
Rev. Chad Seabright – Evangelist (Enkindle Ministries) – Church of the Nazarene – Aiken, SC