JOHN 3:19-21: “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: What is the power of light? How does it affect my life? Am I living in its power, or is the power of light causing me to run and hide?
We are in our second week of self-quarantine during the current 2020 Corona-virus crisis. The goal of this nationwide call is to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Our prayer is that this helps to turn the tide of this invisible enemy that has already taken too many lives. As we wait in our homes, we are all being confronted with the impact of this crisis.
One of the impacts is an increased amount of time to reflect upon our life. As my wife and I shared our dinner together she commented – “We have never eaten at home so much!” She was right. This self-quarantine has given us all time to reflect upon our lives. It is as if a light was focused brightly upon all the things we do, hold dear, and believe. The question is – what does this light reveal?
Light reveals both the best and worst of our lives. An open window, with the sun shining brightly inside, can reveal a layer of dust that has accumulated on our coffee table. The light can also reflect on a painting on the wall and highlight something that we had never seen before. Light can reveal both dirt and beauty. The key is how do we view and use the light in our lives?
John opens His Gospel with this statement.
- “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:4-5 NKJV
Jesus is the light of men. He is the light of life. Jesus is the light! Light is synonymous with truth. As light shines and reveals darkness, so truth shines and reveals the error of doubt and unbelief. Light reveals our misconceptions, our false belief systems, and our sin. Light does this, not to destroy us, but to lead us to the life of God. Yet, so many do not view light as something good but something to be avoided.
- “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
This is true for someone who is an unbeliever. Yet, it is also true for the believer. Although the believer has embraced Jesus as the light of life unto salvation, it is very possible for the believer to run from the light of life in their personal sanctification. As the Lord desires to purify our lives, He shines His light ever so brightly upon our lives to remove the remnants and strongholds of sin that so easily trip us up.
- “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18 NKJV
This current crisis is like a light shining upon my life. Is my faith really rooted and grounded in Christ alone? As I watch my retirement funds diminish with the crashing of the stock market, do I really believe that God is my source and supply? Am I walking in the assurance of eternal life now? With all the idle time that is now before me, am I spending it seeking the Lord, or am I allowing my thoughts to wander?
All of these questions are real and they affect us all. They are God’s light shining brightly upon our life. This light is not to bring us to condemnation. It is to bring us to a new and deeper dimension of His life. Sanctification is the process of dying to our old man and living in the power of Christ. It is the struggles and challenges of life that reveal the areas where our old nature is still very much alive. When the light shines, and when we see that the coffee table of our heart is full of dust, we should rejoice! We are confident in the heart and will of our Lord Jesus Christ!
- “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Lord, this morning I want to run to Your light. I know that as I do I will find areas of my life that need changing. Lord, as we walk through this trial filled with unknowns, use this time to shine Your light upon me and reveal the things that need changing. By Your grace, I choose to come to the light, that my deeds may be clearly seen, clearly transformed, and become clearly pleasing to You.
In Jesus Name!