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40 Days of Hope
Friday, March 22
Walking in the Light
1 John 1:5-7
On Sunday morning, we were reminded that Jesus is the Light of the World. He is offering us a new way to live. He is illuminating the path for all people to find their way to a loving God.
When I was a young boy, I was afraid of the dark. We had an alley behind our house. It was a good ways (at least to a small boy) from the back door to the alley. One of my chores was to take the trash to the trash can which sat on our property next to the alley. Unfortunately, the trash had to be taken out at night after we cleaned up after supper.
My brother, Tommy, and I usually did the dishes after we had eaten. Then, I had to take the trash out. We had a small, yellow light on our back porch. I can’t tell you how many times I would be at the alley, and Tommy would turn off that light! I set many records in the 100-yard-dash back to the house in the darkness of those nights!
Actually, we should all be afraid of the dark. Our God is a God of light! In Him, there is no darkness at all. That is John’s testimony in this text. We cannot claim to have a deep relationship with God in Christ and continue to walk in darkness. We demonstrate our love and loyalty to Jesus by walking in the light He provides.
However, walking in the light is fearful as well. Because the light of Jesus exposes our sinfulness. The Way of Light is the Way of Truth. Exposure to light reveals the imperfections of our lives and forces us to face the reality of our shortcomings. In fact, that is why John declares in John 3:19 --- “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness because their deeds were evil.”
I’ll have to admit --- I wish I was just as afraid of spiritual darkness now as I was afraid of physical darkness when I was a kid. I need a healthy fear of spiritual darkness and a deep love for the Light of the Gospel!
Walking in the Light --- that is God’s invitation to us all. What are some ways that you can definitively say that you are walking in the Light?