Monday, September 28, 2009

Exposed by the Light!

On Saturday night, my friend Linda and I were about to go to bed and were chatting in our room at a retreat center where we were sharing with some amazing ladies from Weddington Church.  I began to fluff my pillow to make it a little more "comfy" and as I pounded it, apparently Linda could see dust everywhere around me!  She said "Stop!  You're completely surrounded by dust!" I asked her if it was gone yet and she said "No.  But here, I'll just turn out the light so I don't have to see it."  She reached over, flipped off the light and said "Oh, yeah, that's better."

We both cracked up as we realized that the dust wasn't really gone, but as long as we couldn't see it, we felt better about it.  As I was speaking to the ladies the next morning at the retreat, I was reading from John 3:19 where Jesus says "God's light came into the world but people loved the darkness more than the light for their actions were evil.  All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear that their sins will be exposed.  But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God really wants." 

The night before in our room flashed through my head and I began to relay the story of the dusty pillow and how we had turned off the light so we wouldn't have to see it.  It didn't make it go away, but it sure made us feel better! But the dust was still there doing damage we couldn't even discern. 

Just because we would rather live in darkness and pretend the sin isn't an issue doesn't mean it's gone away. It's still there.  I think we often believe that ignorance is bliss and as long as we are ignoring the sin in our lives, it will go away.  But it can only go away when the Light of Christ exposes it and we confess it, deal with it and allow Him to clean us up.  Without the Light, how would we know?  How gracious He is to shine His beautiful Light on the dusty, dirty sin in our lives! 

Here's what Jesus said in John 12:35-36 "My Light will shine for you just a little longer.  Walk in the Light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you.  Those who walk in darkness cannot see where they are going.  Put your trust in the Light while there is still time; then you will become children of the Light."

Please don't believe that lie that says ignorance is bliss.  Ignorance is just plain ignorance!  Jesus said His Light will only shine for a little while longer.  That means eventually, that Light will not be available to us to help us deal with the sin that separates us from a Holy God.  Today, I pray you will not be offended by the Light of Christ that shows you the sin in your life.  I pray you will recieve it, accept it and allow the Light of Jesus to expose the parts of your life that need cleaning up and then ask Him to clean it up for you.  He would like nothing more than to do that for you.  We are not capable of cleaning up anything in the darkness ourselves and He graciously exposes and then purifies us so we can walk in the Light with Him forever.

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

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