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Tarnished Lights


1 John 1:5-10

Verse 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.


Yesterday we talked about how showing love to other believers is a way of living out being His light to the world. But to be His light we have to remember that sin can dim our effectiveness.


We don’t always like to think that we have sin in our lives and yet not a single one of us is sin free. Maybe we don’t see it in ourselves because we don’t like to think that something we do is a sin. Sin is only the big things, right? We too often ignore the sins in our lives as we don’t want to believe they could actually be sins. We don’t want to believe that we could be guilty of doing something that displeases God.


Do we realize that to deny that we have sin in our life is call God a liar? He has said that we are all sinners. But more than calling God a liar we are proving we are liars by deceiving ourselves. We may not be closet murderers but there is sin of some kind, somewhere in our lives. We may know exactly what it is or we may have ignored it so long we are numb to the Holy Spirit’s conviction about it.


When we have sin in our life that we aren’t dealing with we are dimming our witness. The truth can’t coincide with lies just as light can’t coexist with darkness. We can’t walk the line between light and darkness. There is no grey line to ride through life. God wants full surrender and so living a half-life doesn’t cut it. When we choose to ignore the sin that is in our lives we are choosing to live a partial life. He has more for us that we are missing because we have chosen our sin over the light of God.


If we truly love God as we claim, we must decide that sin is poison to us. And after seeing it as poison we must forsake it. No, we will never become totally sin free, but we can’t continue on as if sin in our lives is acceptable. We are called to be holy as He is holy. We are to be known as His people and we will bear no resemblance to Him if we are clinging to our sin. We need to remember that if we are not fully surrendered, we are living in full rebellion.


Making It Personal

What sin is in your life that you are loving more than God? Is that the only one you have been living surrendered to? What is it about that sin that has you hooked?


Making It Personal Kids

Do you have a sin that you find yourself doing a lot? What do you like about the sin that keeps making you want to do it? Does Jesus like that you do it?


Closing Prayer

Father, we confess the times that we cling to our sin instead of You. We know that to shine for You we need to polish our life, shunning our sin like we know that we should. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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