Into the Light
“This, then, is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” (John 3:19-21)
One afternoon as I was getting ready to go to a funeral, I pulled my black suit from the closet and looked it over to make sure it did not have anything on it before putting it on. I got dressed and walked outside and was suddenly surprised at what I saw. My black suit had lint and loose fibers all over it. I thought, how could this be, since it seemed clean when I looked at it in the house.
As I looked at my suit under man made light, everything appeared okay. It was when I walked out in the Sun that I found things on it, which did not belong. The same is often true with our lives. When we evaluate our lives by the world’s standards, things tend to appear okay. It is when we see our lives in the light of the Son’s expectations that our imperfections are shown.
When we become Christ followers, we should begin to see ourselves in a way we have not before. Things, which seemed acceptable before, now should not be so. When walking according to the light of man, it is easy to overlook our wrong thoughts and actions. The man made light or standards allows us to overlook our sins and be comfortable with just about anything in our lives.
However, when we walk in Christ, we are in the daylight, measuring ourselves against the Son. How do our thoughts and actions measure up when seen them in the light of Christ? Do they still appear acceptable or are there suddenly things made visible that we did not see before?
How does your life look in light of the Son?