Thursday, September 24, 2009

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I went out the other night and I saw this beautiful moon rising in the eastern sky. I ran inside and said, "Honey, you need to come outside. The moon is shining so brightly tonight." Actually, to be more accurate, I should say, "Half the moon is shining brightly tonight." Because there's one side of the moon that enjoys the sun's rays and reflects them back to earth, and there's another side that the sun doesn't touch. Of course, that's the dark side of the moon.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Dark Side."

Where the light doesn't shine, now that's the dark side. The sad thing is that many of us have a dark side; parts of our life, our personality, our lifestyle where we don't let the light shine - the light of the S-o-n of God. And those parts, like the moon, are cold and barren; possibly hidden from everyone's view. Everyone, that is, except God.

It's an issue we might call selective Lordship, which is an oxymoron. If I get to decide which parts of my life I'm going to let Jesus have His way in, how can I call Him Lord? The Greek word for Lord, kurios, is all about who is the controller. If I'm deciding there are certain parts of me Jesus can't have, then who's in control here? I am hijacking my life from my Sovereign Lord and I'm effectively making me, His creation, the "lord" of my life.

Jesus asked a haunting question about all this in Luke 6:46. It's our word for today from the Word of God. He said, "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" If you got to your room tonight and found Jesus there, He might very well ask you that question. If He did, what areas of your life do you think He'd have in mind when He said, "You're not doing what I say"?

Could it be that you're not letting His light shine on that bitterness that you're harboring? Or maybe that anger of yours is stubbornly defiant to Christ's control. Maybe the "dark side" of your "moon" is a sinful habit that you won't let Jesus get you out of, or the lust that continues to poison your heart with images and fantasies that thumb their nose at God's holiness. Pride is the sin that cost Lucifer heaven, but it's one that the Christian world will largely let you get by with un-condemned. But God hates it. Pride of position, pride of accomplishment, pride of appearance, pride of ability; they're all deep darkness that desperately need the light of Jesus to shine on them.

Maybe your impatience is a part of you that you just won't let Jesus challenge, or your spiritual coldness, or your neglect of people who are depending on you. It could be that you're manipulative and you're a controller. Maybe there's a relationship you won't let him touch - the dark side - dark because you will not let His light shine there. You will not let King Jesus shine His light on it and show you how ugly it is, how dirty it really is so that you will repent of it and release it to Him so He can perform that life-transforming miracle within you that only He can do.

The parts of you where you have really let Jesus shine, well think about it for a minute. Aren't they the brightest parts of you? Aren't they the most beautiful things about you - the things that now light up other people's galaxy? And the dark side has been dark, and cold, and barren long enough. Today let the light in!