Let Your Eyes Adjust: The Reality of Darkness and Light in Our World

My daughter Lila has a little Yoshi night light in her room. It sits in the corner opposite her bed, and emits a light in the color of your choosing. (These days she chooses blue.) One night as I put Lila to bed, after brushing her teeth, we walked into her room.

I turned the light off.

“It’s too dark! It’s too dark, Daddy!”

I scrambled to the Yoshi light and turned it on. She still wasn’t satisfied. So I put my hands on her, and said:

“Baby, let your eyes adjust.”

Our Two Natures - Choose The Light

“The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.” 
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

We are at war with ourselves. We know it subconsciously, but many of us have ever truly failed to define it. You see, we aren’t just one person but two: flesh and Spirit. If we are in Christ, the old us has been crucified with him, but the flesh still remains.

The flesh is our insatiable desire to lie, cheat, and steal to glorify ourselves. The flesh is indulgent, immature, and foolish. And it is dark.

The Spirit, however, is the literal Spirit of God living within us. If we live by the Spirit, we are in sync with God himself. Romans says we are “led by” the Spirit. Imagine that! We are led by the Spirit of God. The Spirit spreads joy and glorifies God.

Repenting of Righteousness (Converting the Converted)

The main thing between you and God is not so much your sins; it's your damnable good works. ~ John Gerstner

“He’s a good Christian boy.”

“Well, I was raised a Christian, so I should know better.”

You’ve heard statements like this, right? You have heard people described as Christians who go to church and maybe don’t cuss or drink all that much - at least publicly. They are the do-gooders, the righteous ones.

That’s not Christianity.