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.” NIV
Have you ever been in a dark room and had someone turn a light on quickly? My response is usually to yell to turn the light off!
Jesus did just that! Jesus came into a dark world and turned on the Light! John 3 tells us that the determining factor in our relationship with God is our response to the Light.
I could not get away from this verse this morning, it really spoke to me that my response to the Light needs to be an ongoing deliberate activity of choosing to come to the light with my life. The word in the Greek here ‘poieo’ means to abide, to produce, to exercise. It gives me the idea that there is something I have to do on a daily basis.
When I heard the words ‘to exercise’ I thought of my personal response to exercise. I have often said, “I wish exercise was like one particular sin, if I just thought about it I had done it!”. I can think about exercise a lot!
I realize that if I am going to live by the light I need to actively do it if I am going to reap the full benefit of living in a relationship with God. Too often it is easy to justify the ‘hidden’ in darkness things in our lives. We can either get bound up with pride or in justifying why we have the darkness in our life. Either way it is not the way people in a relationship with God are called to live.
I need to chose each day to bring my darkness into the Light of God and His word, so that it may be seen plainly before God (and man) what my life is about. Will it be hard? Absolutely! But I hope I won’t scream too loudly as God turns on the Light in every room of my heart and life!
Where is the ‘on’ switch?