March 28, 2020
What lies beneath
If I could leave you with anything this week, it would be this. Are you seeing what lies beneath? With all of the discussions surrounding our “vision”, we must inspect our own ability to see. I want to share an illustration with you from a movie that has stuck with me for years.
“The matrix is a system Neo”, states Morpheus as they come to what seems to be a very busy intersection in a very busy city as they are preparing to walk across a crosswalk. “But when we are inside, that system is our enemy. When you look around what do you see? Business men, teachers, doctors, lawyers, carpenters, the very mind of the people that we are trying to save but until we do these people are still part of that system.” Morpheus is speaking of the people who still haven’t been “unplugged” from a digital realm. As Morpheus is explaining all of this to Neo a beautiful blonde haired woman in a red dress is walking by from within the crowd and steals Neo’s attention. “Were you listening Neo, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?”, Morpheus asks. Neo begins to explain, “I was” – “Look again”, interrupts Morpheus. As soon as Neo turns around where there once was a beautiful blonde haired woman now stands a man with a weapon pointed towards Neo’s face.
God laid something on my heart with this scene and it has stayed with me for years now. If only we could truly see what lies beneath the lusts, the desires of our flesh, and the temptations of this world. What seems to be pleasure is often just another form of poison. So many times in the Bible and especially in the New Testament does it implore us to look carefully at how we walk, to walk circumspectly, not as unwise but as wise. In so many ways the Word of God pleads for us to see that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, that our warfare is not carnal, but spiritual. It’s not what we are seeing on the outside but what lies beneath that is truly at war against us. Even within our very flesh.
This doesn’t give us reason to fear or to retreat. For we have been given the weapons of Light. But we mustn’t be naive of the battlefield around us. Without God’s eye salve our eyes are sealed shut. Without the work of the Holy Spirit we are blind to the spiritual elements of this world. Jesus says that unless we are born again we cannot even see the kingdom of heaven. Without first being born again we can’t truly identify the kingdom of darkness, the god of this world, that has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. We who are born again must reason with, plead with, pray for, call to salvation, and be patient with those who are spiritually blinded. We who are born again must also watch carefully as we tread through this journey as pilgrims because there’s a world of darkness surrounding us that is concealing what truly lies beneath.
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”