1 John 1:5-7 – Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

5 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him, there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m walking out my faith and what it looks like for all of us to walk out our faith in Christ. It comes down to a simple choice. A choice we make every day to either walk in the light or walk in the darkness. Now talking about ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ can be too metaphorical. It can be too easy for us to simply say, “Oh, I’m not living in darkness!”

But if we aren’t living in darkness, how are we so sure we are living in light? Are we truly approaching each day with God centered in our thoughts and actions, and embracing opportunities where we can pour love into the lives of others? As Christians we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. We live in assurance that we will go to heaven and live an eternal life. But what about now? What about our life we are living now? Are we simply living life, going through the motions of getting out of bed, going to school, going to work, doing the tasks of the day, eating dinner, watching TV or Snapchating, and waiting for the day this life ends and we go to the next life in heaven?

I know this is deep stuff, but I want to challenge us to start thinking about what we are doing now, today, in the present. God isn’t waiting. I believe God is calling you and me to be engaged in bringing heaven to earth. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all the earth, but how can we make disciples when we aren’t disciples? I can’t teach you to drive a car if I’ve never driven.

We talk about God’s blessings and promises, but they seem abstract and distant to so many Christians; just words we read in the Bible or just something we believe we should believe. But I’m seeing that God’s blessings are all around us, every day, if we are walking in the light with Him every day.

So here’s my challenge, if you’ve stayed with me this far, go out today and walk in the light. Be the light in someone else’s life today. Call a grandparent you haven’t spoken with in awhile. Scroll through your phone and text someone you haven’t connected with lately and ask them how they are doing and that you are thinking about them. Pray with someone close to you that you know is going through a personal struggle. Offer to pray with your parents, (as a parent I know that would bless me). Do a random act of kindness at school, or when you are at Target or the grocery store. Like learning to drive a car, being the light to others is a skill that requires practice. It requires taking the focus off of us and putting the focus on others. And I know, it’s risky, right? Walking in the light takes courage, but the good news is that Jesus dwells in you and me, and if we truly believe that, He will guide our steps and give us the strength and courage to do this walk.

Bringing heaven to earth. Yep, I like it! I don’t want to wait around for Jesus to return. I want to give off the love Jesus has poured into me. I want to be light, not darkness. I believe as we walk each day in the light something happens, something really big, God big! I believe as we walk together in the light, we draw closer to God, we gain deeper insight into who God is and see the power of His love. We see the impact and the depths of good in this shallow, broken world. And as we continue to pour love into others, we are transformed into something new and beautiful, something that draws others (and now we have those disciples), because we are all broken in some way and everyone longs to know that there is a light that shines in the darkness. I call it bringing heaven to earth… Remember, Jesus said, “Let it be on earth as it is in heaven…”

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