“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
I John 1:5-10 NKJV
We are in the time of the falling away. With each passing day, I hear of another self professed follower of Jesus that I have known, leaving the faith and turning completely away from the life they once knew.
This is especially true in regard to the children of many Christians on my prayer list. So many are crying out to God for children who have “gone astray,” when in reality, they never knew the Lord to begin with.
So many, there days, say they are of God, but walk in darkness, having attitudes and behaviors that more reflect the world, and not those of someone who has been saved and set apart. They profess glory, but bring only darkness, shining not, when they have been commanded to be bright shiny examples of the salvation found in Jesus.
My year in the Scriptures is winding down as I started I John this morning. I was reminded that God is light, and that there is no darkness in Him at all. Reading this passage is a prompt for self examination, as I am one who has called upon the name of he Lord. I reflect on the light in me, and the preset of any darkness. My desire is to reflect Jesus at all times, to be His ambassador.
““You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
I must question if the darkness that still resides in me diminishes the light of Christ that I seek to project it into the world. Is my hidden sin tantamount to a bushel basket, placed over the the bright light of the Gospel.
In Jesus, we have forgiveness. We also have no condemnation, as Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins, past, present and future. When we say yes to Jesus, and have faith in Him, trusting that He can forgive our sins, we are no longer under the warrant of death.
We have bean set free from the bondage to sin, made new and useful for the spreading the Good News.
“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:20-23 NKJV
The world is pressing in on the followers of Jesus, as the righteousness found in the Scriptures runs headlong into the culture of he times. What was normal, is maligned, and what was abomination is now standard. Yet, we who have been born again, must walk in the light.
Brothers and sisters, let us maintain a right relationship with God, seeking Him daily. Let us make a habit of confessing our sins, to keep those accounts short. Sin is like a creeping vine, climbing unnoticed until it is woven itself into every aspect of our lives, until its broad leaves have closed off all the openings in our basket, until no light comes out.
Let us deal with the sin, and let us upend the basket. Burn it if necessary. I am sure it would make a grand bon fire.
The light of the Gospel must go out in these perilous times, as time is short. Let nothing in us stifle the effectiveness of the message. Those in opposition to God and His people are looking for excuses to turn away toward sin. They do not know how close they are to hell, or how near eternity in Heaven.
We are called to be those people of God, raised from death, made new, being refined and shaped into the image of Jesus.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV
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