Living in Darkness

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people 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 their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3: 19-21

Normally I start my essays with a worldly prospective but in this case I would rather start it from scripture. This passage is from the Gospel of John who was one of the disciples of Christ, one thought to be His favorite. John also wrote several other letters to the church that became books of the New Testament as well as the Book of Revelations that can be hard to interpret even for the avid bible reader. This particular scripture hits right at the heart of most of us, especially if you have a moral compass.

Think about it, when you do things that you know to be unrighteous, sinful, evil or just plain wrong you would rather hide it rather than share it publically. If the fear of God is in you then you really do not want to broadcast your evil deeds. If you belong to a religious community of believers the last things you wish is to be exposed before your fellow believers. The problem is, we all sin or fall short of God’s standards, some shorter than others, but all fall short. So the issue is not that we fall short but what are we willing to do about falling short. There is a remedy for this shortfall but it will not work unless you take the subscribed prescription.

When you have an illness the first step would be detecting what you have. In order to heal the sickness it needs to be exposed so it can be treated. That is what light does. It exposes things so it can be detected or seen. Once seen then it can be corrected once brought into the light of truth that contains the subscription or proper medication.

The bottom line is that nothing is hidden from God because He is omnipotent. It is impossible to hide anything, anywhere from Him in any realm of existence and certainly not while living in a body of flesh. So if you wish to be accepted by God and ultimately join Him in the heavenly kingdom there is only one path that leads to the kingdom. God must forgive you of your sins and wash you by the blood sacrifice of His Son before you may enter the heavenly kingdom. God is sacred and nothing unclean can come before Him so if you want to be in the presence of God you must first be washed of your sins, which are unholy. The remedy is quite simple but many still don’t take the medicine.

Light has already entered the world. It is here now and available to all who wish to turn towards God’s light in order to become sanctified. That means to be made holy, consecrated or set aside, dedicated to God. Obviously this means that you are to turn away from your evil and sinful ways and turn towards the light that is always purifying.

Does this mean that you will or should never sin again? No but it does mean that you are living under grace and your desires should lean towards pleasing God rather than pleasing your sinful nature. Yes you will fall short or stumble under the lure of sin but that is different from intentionally living in darkness as your preferred address. Something has to change and with free will we have the option to choose either way. God simply wants us to choose wisely because the fate of your eternal soul is at hand.

Too many prefer to live in denial. We procrastinate that one day when we are ready we will change or sinful ways and turn to God but we are only guaranteed the current moment and that one day in the future might never get here. That is like gambling with the most precious commodity that you have. The prophet Isaiah wrote this centuries ago:

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 55:6-7

So I refer you back to the scripture at this beginning of this message:

This is the verdict: "Light has come into the world, but people 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 their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3: 19-21

 

I have nothing further to add than what scripture clearly states.