Hiding the Dirt

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“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:6-9

I had lived in my little New York City apartment for about two months when I realized an unexpected “benefit” of my efforts to conserve energy and keep my electric bill down. I had been minimizing my use of keeping the lights on, and figured using little lamps would not only keep me from having to figure out how to change the wild and wacky ceiling lights someone had left behind but would most likely keep my electric bill a little lower. Imagine my surprise when one day I decided to put on the ceiling light for just a few minutes. I looked on my super long storage table, I looked on the floor, and, horror of all horrors, I was astounded at the amount of dog hair, dust, and dirt I found. How could this be? Almost every day of the week, I attempted to clean the apartment in one way or another, to keep things tidy, to pick up dog hair, and to clean the floor. How could everything in reality be so dirty compared with how clean I had thought everything was for the most part anyway?

I had not been living in the light, so to speak. By using just a few lamps and keeping things a little dark rather than extremely bright and full of light, by not using the best of lights, I had actually convinced myself things were cleaner than they were.  In reality, I was doing nothing more than hiding the dirt. This is exactly what some of us who follow the Lord Jesus Christ do if we’re honest with ourselves. We use little lamps whereby we see just as much as we want to see in the way of dirt and the rest of the dirt we hide in the dark whereby we can pretend it’s not there and doesn’t need to be dealt with. But the scriptures above make abundantly evident we need to live in the light, the bright light of Christ, if we are to have fellowship with Him and with others. We need to confess our sins to God, to turn away from them, to turn to Him, and to receive His forgiveness through Christ, not just once, but continually as we purify ourselves for Him and stay in His blessed light and fellowship.

What should we do? Be in Christ’s fellowship continually. Spend time with God daily. Be in His Word every single day. Study and learn to live by His Word. Stay strongly connected to fellow Christ followers who will lovingly and honestly help us to see things in our lives that displease God so we can repent from them. Seek to be filled and re-filled with God’s Spirit who will convict us, chasten us, correct us, and lead us to repentance whenever we need it. We need to not just turn on the big ceiling light once in a while and otherwise use our little lamps. We need to be ever in the Lord’s light, making sure we never have any dirt hiding. How beautiful and precious and ever-growing is our relationship with Jesus when we stay diligently in His fellowship, devotedly in His light, and steadfastly bring to Him for His forgiveness anything He shows us by His Spirit through His Word and sometimes through our fellow followers that does not bring God almighty love and glory forever, Amen!

Live in the light, friend, live in His magnificent light!

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