For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8-9, 11 NKJV
If you are anything like me, you probably don’t love going to the dentist. I used to have a fear that just before my next checkup the dentist would do the x-rays, check out my teeth and tell me they were all about to fall out! I don’t think I really believed that (also, I did TRY to take care of my pearly whites!) but at the very least there’s always a 50/50 chance you’ll sit down in the chair and have the dentist speak that dreaded C-word…CAVITY.
Because despite our best efforts, sometimes we still get them. A mixture of foods, bacteria and plaque sometimes build up between our teeth or in hard-to-reach places and if left unchecked can start to eat away at the enamel in our teeth, causing decay. Anyone can get one. That’s why it’s important to go to the dentist regularly, and let any cavities that you have be detected and treated quickly, otherwise you leave yourself open to pain, infection, and probably the eventual loss of the tooth. Cavities are pretty easy to treat once exposed, but they do result in some unpleasant numbing, drilling and filling. The treatment is far less problematic than the effects of leaving it untreated, yet there are people who refuse to go to the dentist because they don’t want to find out they have cavities or go through the process of having them corrected.
I believe it is possible to have spiritual cavities in our lives; those places of hardness in our hearts, stemming from pride, anger, fear, doubt and a variety of spirit plaque-causing agents. What we are called to do as followers of Christ is to go to God, our spiritual dentist, and allow him to expose these areas of darkness in our lives. He will shine a light on these decaying areas and is willing to scrape the junk out and replace it with good things that will bring health and vitality into our hearts. The problem for us is that we avoid letting God examine us because we don’t want to face these things, let alone give him permission to be invasive; to poke, prod, and remove things things which can be an uncomfortable. Nor do we want to submit to the sometimes painful process to restoration. However, the effects of letting these spiritual cavities fester and live will only result in a longer, more painful treatment; we can’t ignore them forever, so we might as well go ahead and let God do the work in us that needs done so that we can move closer to having a clean bill of spiritual health.
Spend time in prayer today asking the Lord to do some spiritual dentistry, and to expose any places in your life that are clothed in darkness. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom in determining how to best let Him clean out those areas, and to have the strength and courage it takes to submit to this cleaning process day after day so that you are continually being exposed to His glorious light.