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Seek After the Light

John 3:20

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

profileOne of my favorite sayings is seek His face while desiring His grace.  In a recent Bible study we discussed doing personal evaluations of our own lives – our own sins.  We urged each other to seek out the sin in our own lives and wrestling with it and offering prayers to God to help us overcome our sin.

We’ve all heard preachers listing sins in sermons and the Bible has lists of sins like this one where Paul – by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – writes about those who won’t have a place in heaven.  1 Corinthians 6:9-11 -9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Too often we look at lists like this one or ones that we hear in sermons and think – they don’t fit me so I’m OK.  But we’re not OK.  Scripture says we have all sinned and fallen short of perfection.  Romans 3:23 –for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…

If our sins aren’t one of the biggies or the ones that make a sermon’s list or Scriptural listing – that doesn’t mean we don’t have sins or that ours are OK.  As Christians we should always be striving to remove every sin from our lives – our desire should be to be holy – to be like Jesus (that whole vertical vision thing rather than horizontal vision).

Today’s passage reminds us that walking in the light will reveal our sins.  John 3:20 – For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  Our desire should be to put on Christ – daily – and all the more each day – so that the light of Christ will reveal all sin – even those that we have lived with and condoned for so long in our lives.  We should be seeking the light and even be thankful for the light revealing our sins so that we can remove them and be more like Jesus.  We should seek after the Light.

As we move forward we will continue to break down our base scripture – John 3:19-21 – 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 20, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , ,

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