Monday, October 06, 2008

A Big Flashing Light

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3: 19-21).

These words of Jesus is and should be a big flashing light to all of us. There’s something in us that hides and runs away from light. Something that constantly pulls us toward things that are evil. Thus, left to our own devices, we will self-destruct and bring dishonor to the name of Christ.

I’m reminded of a famous evangelist several years ago. He’d “hide” himself by wearing a disguise to avoid recognition when going into indecent, evil places. He was ashamed of what he was doing. Yet he continued on compromising his faith and feeding this appetite that eventually destroyed him.

Light brings exposure. It shows weaknesses, imperfections, sins. But, it also provides us security. Light shows things that will harm us and we need to avoid. By seeing the reality of our inner shortcomings, we may then be led to safe accountability to keep us living in the light.

Jesus – the big flashing Light – has come into the world. He encourages us to turn away from darkness and choose Him if we are to truly live.

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