Sometimes if they see the life of Christ clearly in us, it may make them uncomfortable.
Those who have been reading this blog for any length of time know that I’m an avid hiker. I’ll go out for a week at a time.
The first time I went on a solo hike, sleeping alone in the woods, it was a different experience. I set up my tent and when the sun went down I went to sleep. I had no clue that this would be one of the strangest nights of my life.
Around two o’clock in the morning I woke up startled. It was as if I was in the center of a huge spotlight. The full moon was directly over me. I could see right through my thin, nylon tent as if it wasn’t even there.
I could see the trees, rocks, and everything around me as clear as day. I felt exposed and uncomfortable as I looked around. I’m very glad that there were no large animals near the tent!
This is the same effect as what happens in the spiritual when we reflect Christ. When you’re used to living in spiritual darkness, the light makes you uncomfortable. It exposes things that you’d rather not see. It shows you your true condition.
Of course, Satan has a plan as well.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4
Please take note of the fact that the enemy is called the god of this age. That means that there’s a time limit on his ability to act.
This verse tells us that unbelievers are given blinders if they want them. The Scripture says that if they persist in their unbelief, the enemy will give them blinders so that the light will not beam out to them.
This light is coming from the Good News of Christ – the Anointed One. The light is the glory of His presence within us.
Unbelievers are blinded to the light if they choose to believe the lies of the enemy. That’s why it’s now our job is to get them to take the blinders off. That’s a big assignment. It can only be accomplished in the power of the Spirit.
In my next post I’ll show how the Word says that this takes place.
Question: How have you experienced unbelievers becoming uncomfortable in the presence of the truth?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016