“What we are telling you now is the very message we heard from Him: God is purelight, undimmed by darkness of any kind. If we say we have an intimate connection with the Father but we continue stumbling around in darkness, then we are lying because we do not live according to truth. If we walk step by step in the light, where the Father is, then we are ultimately connected to each other through the sacrifice of Jesus His Son. His blood purifies us from all our sins” (1 John 1:5-7, The Voice).
It struck me tonight how staggering the word picture of light and dark really is. I mean, you really can’t get more polar opposites than light and dark. It is literally a night and day difference.
John speaks of believers who formerly walked in darkness who now walk in light.
That’s not about being a little nicer and a little more patient. That’s not about being a better and more improved version of yourself.
That’s about as radical a change as you can have. That’s about the difference between being dead and being alive.
It makes me wonder why there is such little difference between the lives of some believers and the lives of the unbelievers around them. If I’m truly walking in God’s light, how can I continue to act out of dark motives and desires?
I’m not suggesting that those who follow Jesus are supposed to be perfect. I am saying that they should look and sound different.
My favorite pastor once said that the problem that an unbelieving world has with Christians is not that they are too different from everybody else; it’s that they are too much the same. They speak a good game, but they don’t live the way they speak.
I can say that because I live that way too often. Too many of us are too good at being incognito Christians.
May God continue to lead us into a place where we strive to walk in the light and reflect the radical difference that comes from what only God can do.