Thursday, September 23, 2010

No Neutrality

The guys and I went through John 3:16-21 the other day. In that passage you get this beautiful metaphor to describe all that Jesus is saying:

[19] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. [20] For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. [21] But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
(John 3:19-21 ESV)
There is no neutral ground here. It's not that people there were then given a choice to like darkness or light, no they hated the light because they loved the darkness. The reasons they hated the light are, as Dr. Cason relates in his commentary, are fundamentally moral. Their deeds reinforce the hardness of their heart, for they love the darkness because their deeds are evil.

Whoever we witness to, they will always be in the situation presented below. Those deeds will come up while we share the gospel, if they don't, then they'll come up right after. Here's the issue: Guy-A lives with his girlfriend - who you're also friends with, when we witness to him, do we realize that not only will he go from death to life, but will also need to find a new place to live? The life that we live apart from God is not clean, and it is not all stuff we can just instantly slough off like a porn collection that we can just dump in the garbage. No, sin is entangling. There is a certain amount of courage we need when witnessing. We also need a very similar form of hospitality, like a bed for this guy to sleep on when he goes from death to life. We need to remember that Jesus was the provision for the world. No one is beyond His reach, and no one is beyond His ability to sanctify.

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