Have you ever walked into a house and all the lights were off. You know the light switch is on the other side of the house. Thus you have to walk through the pitch black house to get to the light switch. Unfortunately there are lots of boxes, furniture and a number of obstacles between you and that light switch. Thus you bump into something. Then you trip and fall flat on your face. Then you get back up but fall over again. All the time thinking if only I could get to the darn light switch and see what is around me.
When it comes to navigating our flesh it’s like this pitch black house with all kinds of obstacles. We have to figure out how to make it back to the light switch so that we can walk in the spirit. For when we are walking in the spirit it’s like the lights are all turned on. The house is easy to navigate, it does not seem cluttered at all. It is actually very comfy.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears,then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:1-13
So how do we turn the lights on in the house. We have to put to death the flesh and chose to act with forgiveness and love. Otherwise you will be stuck in a pitch black house rather than a comfy haven. This is much easier said than done. May Jesus give us the ability and forgive our failures. Amen.