Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
GOT A MINUTE?
What do you do, when you see something that is wrong? What’s your first reaction? It seems the most natural thing to do is to criticize whatever is wrong-whatever is dark. It’s just natural! We see the same things, day in and day out, in the news. The news that is noticed is the bad news. Bad news sells and titillates!
We also experience the same thing inside Christianity. There is a natural bent to confess the sins and evils of the world every Sunday. Even in many methods of evangelism, there is a tendency and a strong belief that we must first convince a person that he or she is a sinner. It’s a certain focus on the darkness that attracts us.
I’ve even noticed that the most powerful motivational theme at many Christian fund-raisers is to paint the darkness, the demons out there. The sense is that the darker we paint the situation, the greater the motivation is to give generously. It’s an “ain’t-it-awful” theme, but it’s a wrong motivation for changing the world.
You see, our tendency is to CURSE THE DARKNESS, when we could easily light some lights. Why don’t we light some lights? It’s because we so easily miss the point and the power of Jesus. Jesus is totally available, yet we ignore what we have in Jesus.
Listen to how easy it is to allow Jesus to bring light into darkness.
FIRST-Anyone who follows Jesus doesn’t walk in darkness and possesses the light of life. “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
SECOND-Anyone who follows Jesus shines a light that cannot be overcome by darkness. In Him was life, and the life wasthe Light of men.The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. (John 1:4-5)
THIRD-Anyone who follows Jesus carries a light powerful enough to keep others from being stuck in darkness. “I have come asLight into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46)
SO, knowing this, why wouldn’t we bring the light of Jesus into the darkness? Why is it easier to curse the darkness rather than light the light of Jesus?