• Julie Busler

The Inner Life

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care, then, that the light in you is not darkness. If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke‬ ‭11:33-36‬

“Did you ever have the light of God brought to bear upon your imagination? Imagination is the playroom of the soul. Here many a man considers that he is without law. “Surely,” he says, “thought is free.” The man gloats over sins which he would fear to commit—he finds a pleasure in thinking over lusts which his circumstances compel him to avoid. In the dark chambers of imagination, the heart commits adulteries, murders, thefts, and all manner of infamies. When the light falls here, the man shudders as he learns that as he thinks in his heart, so he is. He trembles as he perceives that the fond imagination of sin is sin. Then is the floor of imagination purged, and the foul dust and chaff are driven into the fire. Fancy then gleams in the light of God and imagination, washed in the brazen layer, sings songs on her stringed instruments unto the God of her salvation, who has brought her out of darkness into His marvelous light.” -Charles Spurgeon

Our thoughts matter. Our imaginations matter. Our inner life is everything. I was reading in the book of Matthew where Jesus tells us that to look at another lustfully is the same as committing adultery in your heart, and in 1 John we are taught that everyone who hates their brother is a murderer. Our outward appearance and conformity to God’s commands are not enough.

We are called to inside out beauty; our secret life matters.

This idea of inside out holiness reminds me of the struggle many followers of Jesus face who live with depression. On the outside, they appear holy, hopeful, busy serving the church, and like they have it all together. But on the inside, unbelief, sin, desire for escape from the pain at all costs, dark imaginings, anger, bitterness......on the inside they are enslaved to sin. Rumination turns into affection and eventually action. There is a point where the imagination privately commits suicide as a comfort that there is a way to take matters into your own hands and end the pain. But this lie is allowing darkness to penetrate your mind.

Spurgeon once said, “Allowed sin is the cataract which darkens the mental eye.” The more this sinful act is cherished, the more glamorous and acceptable the mind believes it is.

Today, let’s wash our minds in the Word of God and ask Him to reveal sin in our minds and hearts that is empowering the darkness that has no place in a child of God. Oh Lord, give us clean hands and pure hearts.

Inside out holiness is beautiful. Have you ever met a woman who doesn’t just outwardly appear to obey and love God, but shines bright with an inside out transformation that only Jesus can produce? She’s radiant. She’s free. You can’t help but be drawn to her. She’s joyful in her difficult circumstances. She is full of light and she shines. And all the while, she might even still live with mental illness.

Give us pure hearts, Jesus. We want to see You.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭

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