Balance is Power

Posted in Leadership by Benham Brothers | December 22nd, 2014

Dispel darkness“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

In the Christian church today we love to embrace teaching and training, but we often steer clear of rebuking and correcting.  Yet without these two vital components of our faith freely working in the church, we become imbalanced and lose our effectiveness.  And balance is power, so we need to get back to the balancing truth of God that His Word not only teaches and trains us but also rebukes and corrects us.

I’ve been praying for awakening in the Church for several years now.  Thousands of pastors across our land are praying the same thing, so it seems that awakening has become a target for prayer in the church today.  This is a good thing, but how do we get there?  And what does rebuking and correcting have to do with awakening?

I was reading this morning in Ephesians 5 and noticed that Paul mentioned awakening from the dead. In Ephesians 5:11 he referenced the prophet Isaiah when he said, “For this reason it says, awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”  To fully grasp what Paul was saying here we have to put it into context.

Just a few verses earlier Paul commanded the Christian church not to “participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them” (5:11).  Then he went on to say “all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light” (5:13).  That’s the key – Awakening comes when the light shines on darkness, it’s just that simple.  So what does it look like to shine the light?

The original word in the Greek for “expose” is elegcho, which means “to expose, convict, reprove, by conviction to bring to light, to expose.” God’s Word tells us that we must not only keep ourselves free from sinful ways, but we must also elegcho the darkness!  When the light of God’s word shines it not only “trains and teaches” us but it also “rebukes and corrects” us.  And the result?  Awakening.

Far too long the Christian church has – myself included – embraced teaching and training, yet we refuse to embrace rebuking and correcting.  The result is a darkness that’s being felt all around us.  It’s time to let the light of God’s Word shine into our lives, into our homes and churches, and into a culture that desperately needs the Light.

As Matthew Henry says, “We must have not only a sight and a knowledge that sin is sin, and in some measure shameful, but see it as a breach of God’s holy law. After the example of prophets and apostles, we should call on those asleep and dead in sin, to awake and arise, that Christ may give them light.”

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