To me, the saddest verse is John 3:19: “Their sentence is based on this fact: that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil.”
I would like to think this is just true for non-believers, but really, it is me too at times. I would rather stay with familiar, with the bad I know. Having Jesus shine a light on my sins sounds so uncomfortable, painful even. What we don’t realize is that while having our sin brought out into light isn’t fun, it breaks the hold that sin has on us. Satan can no longer hold it over our heads and taunt us with lies. He can’t tell us no one will love us or manipulate us into doing it again. Once we allow Jesus in, He gives us peace and hope that we can overcome.
Thinking about how we prefer darkness is overwhelming to me. Stepping into light and freedom puts us on the road we were created to walk. If we avoid that first step, that first admittance, we will never fully accomplish our earthly goal. We won’t be able to follow God completely because an area of us has been blocked off. When we have a dark spot in our heart that we won’t let Jesus near, He isn’t completely in our heart. Oh sure, we can be Christians who go to church and do nice things, but that relationship aspect will not be there. If we tell God He can’t go there, He can’t heal us or keep us from temptation.
Why won’t we admit our weaknesses to God? It isn’t like He doesn’t already know. What we are doing is keeping God at arm’s length and telling Him either we got this or that we don’t trust Him to love us once we admit the truth.
Once we step into the light, God helps us and we have His full force behind us. Nothing can stop us but us. We have to get out of our own way and let God heal us.
When we model this behavior, non-believers will see how stepping out of darkness is so much better. God has taken our guilt and shame and hurled it into the deepest ocean. With this first step out of the way, we can move on and accomplish great things.
What do I struggle with? Sometimes I drink too much. I wasn’t planning on including this last part, but I realized that if I am going to ask you to hold a mirror up to your life, I need to hold one up to mine as well. Once we have transparency and nothing to hide, Jesus can work on us.
Do you have an area that needs to be brought into the Light?
Linking with the Saturday Soiree at Faith Along the Way.