In less than a week, our culture will sink into its annual celebration of death, darkness, and debauchery. Specialty stores, department stores, and grocery stores have been stocked for weeks with large inventories of costumes and accessories for adults and little children whose parents are ignorant of the roots of the celebration and deceived into thinking it’s all harmless fun (See Devotional “Thoughts of…Halloween”). Most of the costumes, behind which both children and adults hide, are inappropriate, given the Bible’s celebration of life, light, and love.
The LORD God has delivered all those who have put their faith in His Son from the power of darkness and transferred them out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light of Jesus Christ (Col 1:12-14). Upon a person’s decision for Jesus Christ (Rom 10:9-13), whereupon that person gets a new identity of being “in” Christ Jesus (Rom 3:22-24, Rom 8:1, Rom 12:5, 1 Cor 1:2, 2 Cor 5:17), the LORD God begins a work of conforming that person into the image of His Son (Rom 8:28-30).
God’s work of salvation is finished (John 19:30, Eph 2:8-9), but a “remodeling project” begins, if you will, in the heart and mind of every believer and continues until that person sees Jesus face-to-face (Eph 2:10, Phil 2:12-13, 1 John 3:1-2). The theological term for that work of God is “sanctification” and it means “to be purified” (1 Thes 4:1-4, 1 Cor 1:30). As we decrease, Jesus increases (John 3:30). It is in the LORD God’s refining fire (Mal 3:2, Prov 17:3) that a man decreases.
Anyone who claims Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior should not be described as
• a loner
or any other of a whole host of characteristics of a “natural” man. The LORD God sees those traits as inappropriate costumes for His Son’s Kingdom of life, light, and love.
We all need to take an honest look in the mirror of God’s Word. Am I, are you, trying to hide Jesus Christ behind some portion of an inappropriate costume? We must submit to the transforming will of The Holy One (Is 57:15) Who died for our sins and desires to hide us in Him (Gal 3:26-27, Eph 4:22-24, Col 3:5-14, Ps 119:114).