Are you locked in the darkness of the lust of the eyes? Are you desiring power apart from God? The light of Christ will set you free.
Jesus searched to humbly unlock and gently restore the spiritual inner beings of everyone. He spent 90 percent of His life in Nazareth, a city nestled on ten acres with open sewers running in the streets. Archeological evidence reveals that Nazareth had no paved roads, no gold, no silver, and no metal bowls. Families lived in dirt-floor homes constructed with dung mortar and survived on diets of iron and protein. The infant mortality rate was 50 percent.
Jesus and His father Joseph were most likely stonemasons. It is reasonable to surmise they might have worked to construct a stone amphitheater in Sepphoris known as the “Ornament of Galilee,” part of King Herod’s grand structures. Consequently, Jesus knew about Herod’s hard heart; He had seen the edifices Herod had erected in his own honor. However, Jesus chose a different path. In His humility, He saw the power of love, exalting the humble and granting them access to His kingdom. His heart of love changed the world through the transcendent power of God.
We can experience the power of Christ when we surrender our lust of the eyes to Him. Jesus told Paul that His power was made perfect in weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). When we are weak in our lust for control apart from God, we are strong in the power of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 12:10). Surrendering to Him allows us to walk in His light. Jesus taught: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Today, follow His light.