For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Colossians 1:13
My dear friends in the light … for that is what you are in Christ.
Does it seem to make any difference in your life for Christ to have delivered you from the domain of darkness? Do you even have any idea as to what this domain of darkness is that you’ve supposedly been delivered from? Somehow, I suspect that many of you simply learned to hold a phrase such as this one as belonging to the shelter of religious life. What I’m saying is that for many of you, true deliverance just doesn’t make any sense outside the walls of your local church setting. Perhaps there’s a reason for this. For the spirit of this world would have you believe that the domain of darkness exists as some kind of subset of humanity — you know, like the really evil stuff — rather than as being the bondage in which the whole world lies. Unfortunately, many religious institutions are caught up in the exact same deception.
The darkness is a blindness that rules the whole world. Those who belong to this realm of darkness do not really know what they are doing. For they stumble because they cannot really see where they are going. This is what once ruled your life. You see, though you still live in this world, you are no longer of it. Its darkness does not belong to you, you do not belong to it. Why do you listen to those who cannot see when they tell you who you are and how you should live? You are in the light, my friends, so look around you. The evidence should be overwhelming. Stop trying so hard to play by the rules of those who cannot see. Live as one who has been delivered from out of the darkness and into the light.
The Shovel-Audio Program
This week’s ShovelAudio is called Our Worth in Christ. I can tell you right now that it’s not some kind of how-to guide for increasing your fleshly self-esteem. It is infinitely better! Stop by and give it a listen. Adam and I would also love to hear from you. :)