Imagine you decide to invite a guest to join you for dinner. You invite him/her into your home to dine at your table. Suddenly, this guest begins to insult you and all the others you have invited! Not only that, this guest disregards your customs and challenges your beliefs. You’d be enraged I’d assume. I know I would. Well, this was the case when one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dine with him.
As I read this passage found in Luke 11: 37-53, I began to reflect on the surprise the Pharisees must have gotten at hearing Jesus’ rebukes. It is not stated what was the Pharisee’s intention by inviting Jesus to dine, but Jesus certainly saw it as an opportunity to expose the sinfulness of all who were present.
I began to wonder, though, how often we invite Jesus into our lives in search for a “feel good” gospel.
But what happens when Jesus confronts your darkness?
Jesus’ intentions in coming into our lives aren’t simply to give us words of hope, prosperity, or confidence. It would be superficial of us to believe this was the case. It would demonstrate that we do not truly know the Father’s heart and His purpose in giving us His one & only Son.
The truth of the matter is, through Christ we receive divine revelation as to who we are and what we were created for. Jesus came to dig deep into our hearts and change us from the inside out. This is why he told the Pharisees,
“Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.” Luke 11:39-41
Jesus will expose our darkness. Through Him we will have to confront all of our ugly hidden parts. It will hurt. We won’t like it. We will often fight against it. Deny it even. But the struggle is a display of Christ’s love for us. It shows that He isn’t giving up on us. That He, too, is fighting.
Jesus will not settle to change your outwardly behavior. He loves you much more than that. He wants to make you like Him. He wants you to experience the fullness of His glory. This will require a heart examination, and the process will not be quick or easy, but know this to be true, dear friends….
As we allow Him to unveil our darkness we will be liberated into His marvelous light.
May your day be graciously adventurous,
P.S. Today marks 9 years since I made the decision to follow Christ and never look back. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for sustaining me this far. It’s been a rough year in the gospel, but His grace and mercy keep me. He alone is my strength and my refuge.
For a bit of my testimony, read my blog post titled, Adventure you say? I pray it blesses you. >> Link below