I had hoped to get this posted yesterday on the eve of Oscar night, but was just not able to get to it. So here I am in my chemo lounge, where there is a chance I can get what I want to share down on paper, so to speak.
Picture a stage, and picture a spotlight on one person, even yourself. It is a spotlight that is able to follow you around the stage, and is also capable of decreasing or increasing, as might be necessary, the circle of light as it follows you around the stage.
That said, let’s set the stage: “If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin.”
After 73 years of walking around down here, I have become convinced that all of us have a core need for center stage. There was a time when Cain was center stage, but along came Abel, and that was the end of that.
This just to say, that feeling like we are “less than” doesn’t necessarily require parental dysfunction or abuse, though there is increasingly more of both around. The fact is, all of us have a core need to be center stage, and the Love of God is more than able to meet that need.
The bottom line, or the “center stage place” where this need is met, is at the foot of the Cross. That is where we discover what the Love of God is, not just once, but all day long. Without this revelation we are going nowhere, and certainly not going to a place where we are “more than.”
This to say that center stage – bathed in the spotlight of God’s love – we are “more than.” It is in that light where “Christian Fellowship” becomes possible. “Christian Fellowship” is just not possible in any other venue. The fellowship that Jesus prayed and died for, (see John 17) is just too intimate, even passionate, for us to enjoy without stumbling if we are not completely bathed in the light of God’s Love.
So here’s the deal as I have come to understand it:
If any of our darkness, woundedness, or “less thanness” projects beyond the circle of center stage light, that is where we have occasion to stumble. We are not capable of pulling those dark spots into the circle of light. Our only hope is to stand still under the light until the circle of His light is big enough to cover all our areas of darkness. Then we can start “walking in the light” – the certainty that the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from every sin, and every occasion of stumbling.
Bless You Today!
Thank You! I do karaoke – Sinatra genre – My song for the last contest I was in was, “All The Way.” :-)
Thanks for sharing this. As I started to read your post I remembered a dream I had right after I started my walk as a follower of Jesus. At that time I had a boat load of issues left over from my childhood, the Vietnam War, the dysfunctional of the church family, etc. He love me the way I was, but too much to leave me in that state of mind.
Well, in the beginning of this dream I was standing on a completely darkened stage. Then a spot of light appeared in front of me only a step away, so I stepped into it. I enjoyed that light while it lasted and then it moved out of reach by only one more step. Again I stepped into it and after a time it moved again.
After this happened many times, the light had led me all over the stage and finally it shown at the back corner of the stage at the top of a small flight of steps that lead downward. Once again I stepped into the light. And it lead me step by step downward, of all things. The flight down was only as tall as the stage was above the main floor.
Once again the light moved across that new lower floor and finally stopped in front of a fire exit door a few feet from the stairs. All I had to do was push on the handle and it opened up to me and low and behold, I stepped out into a bright and shining, sunny day where there was no more darkness. This has proven to be the walk that I have been on for the last 44 years of my life.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Who in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJ2000)
Thank You Michael! I’m reminded once again of the AWESOME song from Les Mis: “I Dreamed a Dream” – “… but the tigers come at night…”