The Fight is On
Verse 36 “Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
We have reached the last day of our looking at being the light for a world living in the dark.
The more light that is in a room, the less darkness there is in it. This seems like a given that most anyone would agree with and yet when the same principle is suggested for our spiritual lives we shirk at the thought. We don’t like to think that the darkness in our lives has much effect on our spiritual lives but the Bible is so clear that it does.
Peter quoted in his first letter that we are to be holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). He didn’t merely suggest it, the quote says that we MUST be holy. God is serious about how He wants His people to be all that He desires them to be.
One thing that we seem to forget is that God hates sin. He doesn’t just dislike it, He HATES it. So if God hates it why are we so passive about it? We should be hating it just as much as He does. And not just in other people. We must do some thorough searching of our hearts and lives to find where the sin and its roots are. And we must make the decision to eradicate it from our lives.
If God hates sin why do we still allow our sin to plague us so often? Sadly it is because we have a love for our sin that keeps our light from shining the way we are called to shine. He wants us to forsake our sin so that we can shine His light to all that we come into contact with. We forget that this life isn’t about us, it is about Him. Living life for our pleasure shows that we believe ourselves to be the most important person in our world.
Jesus said that we are the light and He wants us to shine. We need to decide to be intentional about choosing to be holy. Not in the legalistic way of just following the rules but through loving obedience and forsaking that which He hates. In other words, loving Him and His light more than the darkness of sin.
Making It Personal
Do you have a dark corner of your heart that you are ignoring with the light of Christ? What is it about that sin that you can’t part with? Are you going to start making the intentional choice of being the light you are called to be?
Making It Personal Kids
What is the difference between the light of Jesus and the darkness of sin? Which one should you like most? If Jesus is your choice, does your life show that?
Father, we confess the times we choose our sins over Your light. Convict us of our sins so that they don’t become comfortable friends. In Jesus’ name, amen.