When we look through darkness, what do we see?
In Ireland where I live it is not often we get a good spell of
weather. However, one day as I gazed into the sky no rain clouds could
be seen. It looked like a glorious day as the Sun was radiant through
I thought, “With the weather being good I decided to walk this day
to the shop!” I told my wife, “I would return shortly.” I started to
walk to the shop, a distance of two miles or so there and back.
When I got about halfway to the shop I noticed the sky was
beginning to darken. I couldn't understand why, since there were no
clouds on my previous observation a few minutes earlier. With the
thought of rain I started to walk faster to get to the shop.
When I entered the shop, darkness was all over the shop. I was
hardly able to read the newspapers headings. I struggled to see what I
was looking for and I decided when I get to the shopkeeper at the till
I would ask, “Why are the lights in the shop not on to help people see
what they are looking for?” But the interesting thing was that no-one
else in the shop seemed to be struggling in the darkness – only me.
At the same time when I was going to ask the shopkeeper why the lights
were not on, I was trying to count out the money in this darkness. I
spotted something had moved on my nose. It was my new pair of
I noticed light shone through on the side of the glasses when they
moved. And in removing the glasses totally the shop lit up and I could
see everything clearly and even the sky returned to a nice blue.
Everything was as before the glasses were put on. What had taken
Weeks earlier I had been for an eye test and the results showed I
needed new glasses. When choosing the glasses my wife and I took into
consideration when in hot countries tinted glasses would be better.
The hotter it gets the darker the glasses become. Can you see where
this is going?
The day I put the glasses on, they would have been clear and I saw
clearly, everything as it was! But, within minutes exposed to the Sun,
the glasses responded and become darker until I was looking through
dark darkness trying to see the light. Like all things that we go
through, God will teach us spiritual lessons that will change our
lives. Are you ready for the lesson? Here goes…
When I became ‘born-again’ and cleansed by the ‘Blood of Jesus.’ I
sensed a great washing of Sin out of my life. It felt as if I had been
power-hosed inwardly. But this was only the start of that journey. As
the days and years went on God would start stripping off wrong
mind-sets. I will share one of them with you.
God showed me a powerful vision. The vision showed Jesus on the Cross
dying for me. Then God made this statement to me that would change my
life forever. He said, “It wasn’t a Catholic or a Protestant that hung
on the Cross, but my Son!”
I had been raised in Northern Ireland, a country divided into two
basic categories, – Catholic and Protestant. And one was never allowed
to think outside that box! The questions were always the same, “What
church do you go to?” The answer to this question determined whether
you were a Catholic or a Protestant, and then, depending on what you
believe, what "type" of Catholic or Protestant you were. We have
everything in a box marked with a label and we were expecting God to
move looking through dark glasses!
God showed me that every title that we worship is like those tinted
glasses. For instance, when we put on Protestant glasses, then we see
Protestantism and also see people who do not measure up to what we
deem a Protestant to be. When I look through Catholic glasses, then we
see Catholicism and what do we see – people who do not measure up to
what we deem Catholic to be.... and so on.
But the good news is that ‘IN’ Christ our glasses are removed! For
in the love of God there is no darkness! His love is transparent,
see-through, nothing hidden, nothing to deceive, no undercurrent.
Nothing but true love He has for us! When we step into Christ the path
He takes us on is the way of the Cross. To die to self is letting go
of our ambitions and mind-sets, to let go of 'titles’ the insecurity
of our past, and to step into Him!
Remember, we are not born a Catholic or a Protestant or any other
religion for that matter. We were only given that title by our
parents. But according to the Bible, we were born sinners, nothing
more and nothing less! (Romans 5:8)
To see the glory of the Lord manifested in our lives, then like
Christ, all must be stripped off, that only one security remains – to
be in Him.
Throughout the life of Jesus we read many times when people said,
“Is this not the carpenter’s son. (Matthew 13:55) Then a day came when
Jesus asked his disciples…
“When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, "What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?"
They replied, "Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah,
some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." He pressed them, "And how
about you? Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ,
the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Mathew 16:13-16 (The Message)
When we step outside of the title that man puts on us then we release
ourselves into a new sphere in God. Scripture shows that people were
not backwards in declaring ‘titles’ upon Jesus. But get ready for what
I am about to say. Jesus never put on a title He put on a character!
The Bible says, “And the Word became flesh!” Jesus never quoted the
word, He was the Word! (John 1) There is a BIG difference between
quoting something and being it!
This year let us strip away everything that so easily besets us and
run this race! Let God cleanse us from man-made titles and be clothed
from the inner to the outward by God.
When we remove the glasses that "we" have put on or allow others to
put on to satisfy our flesh, then we will see more clearly. For
nothing will dim our vision between them and us.
Yes, titles are there for offices, etc. But they were never given
to be our god. When someone asks me, “Are you an apostle, pastor,
prophet?” My answer within me is always the same, “Lord, may there be
less of me and more of you!” Why? Because, when I see an apple I don’t
need to ask is that an apple. When I see a strawberry, I don’t need to
ask what it is. We will be known by our fruits and not by our titles.
Our fruit should declare what we are not our title! Jesus' fruit was
the anointing (Isa. 61:1) Christ was title of the fruit He carried.
Take a fresh look today through the eyes of Jesus, there is no
judgment in them, there are no titles in them, only people needing to
know that they are loved no matter what title has been put on them.
Let us become all that we are meant to be in this season, let’s see
God breakout of our boxes that we have put Him in and see the kingdom
of God being extended through our lives. Today put our trust afresh
again in Christ and not in titles!