It is hard to live in the light. To be in a land you do not recognize, a place God has brought you. We become more responsible as we grown in the Lord.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
But these things never look like we think them to be. They are not sitting outside of courthouses yelling at sinners. They are not protests on capital hill with shouts of you will burn in hell. They are subtle. So subtle we may not even recognize them as promptings from the Lord. But they are, as the Holy Spirit resides within us and leads us to expose the darkness.
We may think we are immune to this. That if we simply talk about the Lord’s love, He will not call us to call out. Sometimes we even convince ourselves that we are not the people who should do that, surely that must be someone else Lord. And for all the times of love and peace, and grace upon grace, God calls us to also expose the darkness in the way that he prescribes. And we are blamed for bringing the darkness into the light. And we are persecuted like John the Baptist in His prison cell before his beheading asking, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
We can take no part in the fruitless works of darkness. We love the ones that are in darkness in order to bring them into the light, but we cannot love their darkness, we are children of light. And at times, God calls us to expose the ugliness, the darkness, in order to bring it into the light.
There is much conviction from the Lord in these words. Much thinking to be done, far beyond love the sinner, hate the sin. There is a much greater depth there. But our love, our love for Christ pushes us forward in light. And those in darkness do not like it…
Indeed the Lord will tell you when. When the right time is. The intervention, the exposure, the way. We can love people away from Christ. For our selfishness, our timidity, our fear leads us to silence.
This may be a message you need to hear. You have been holding on to someone or something without saying a word. You have hoped that your Christian presence was enough. But your Christian presence without words may be enabling them. Or you may be refusing God because it is too hard. We are afraid to be martyrs.
We are afraid to say with Saint Lawrence,
“I’m well done. Turn me over!”