You know how it feels when you leave a two and a half hour movie in the afternoon and walk out into the bright sun?  It hurts.  For some reason it always makes me sneeze.  Weird, I know.  But you have to adjust to the light, and if you have sunglasses, most likely you reach for them.  I read the other day that Oakley sunglass company donated special sunglasses to the Chilean miners. As bad as it is leaving a dark theater, try being underground for 69 days.  That’s two and a half months in darkness.  Their eyes needed special protection from the sunlight.  The last I heard a couple of days ago, the miners were still wearing the glasses.

God is described as light. And he is more amazing than we could ever imagine. Sometimes I think we fear even attempting to gaze at Him. And while Paul is correct in saying that we see through a glass dimly[1] (there are still things of God we don’t comprehend); we are also invited to live in His light. We are called to see the world through His light and even reflect it ourselves. We are invited into this light by Him, and we are free and capable to open our eyes to it by Christ Jesus, who is the light to a dark world[2]

Paul describes it this way in 2 Corinthians 3.12-18:

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Christ is the removal of the sunglasses. And it’s not a blinding but a new vision. It’s a revealing of the truth of the world. In a sense, it’s like leaving a dark room and going into a sunny day.  You can actually see the world for its beauty, its purpose, and even its destructive tendencies. But in seeing that, you aren’t looking through dark glasses or even rose colored glasses. There’s not despair and there is no naivety.  There is a true sense of hope, redemption, and calling. There is the realization that one’s purpose is transformation.  Each is called in Christ to become more and more like the light which God is, reflecting it to those in spiritual and physical need.  (Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes[3]). In 2 Corinthians Paul says this transformation comes from one degree to another.  In other words, God desires our lives to be consistent steps of transformation, drawing closer and closer to His eternal glory and sovereignty.  Our calling towards God never stops or decreases. His light is good, and through Christ Jesus we see more and more of it in every prayer, Scripture reading, and time of authentic worship. 

[1] 1 Corinthians 13.12
[2] John 1.4-5
[3] 1 John 2.10-11

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