None of us likes to admit that we are flawed. We certainly don’t like it when others point out our flaws.

Yet, in my Bible reading this morning, I was reminded that followers of Jesus must admit our flaws … and even work to expose more of them. This is definitely counter-intuitive. But, listen to Jesus’ words…

John 3:19-20 (NLT) “… God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.” 

What is “God’s light?” Well, it is the written Word and the Living Word.

The written Word is the Bible.

The Living Word is Jesus.

The written Word shows us the standard to which God calls us. As flawed as we are, if we seriously reflect on it, God will expose our sinfulness.

Our actions.

Our words.

Our thoughts.

Our attitudes.

Our motives.

The Living Word, Jesus, shows us in real life how we are to live. In the Gospels, we get to see Him interacting with His Father, His friends, His enemies. We get to see how He acts in easy circumstances and in difficult ones. We see how He interacted with His friends and how He loved His enemies.

And if we seriously reflect on the perfect standard found in Jesus, we will realize how utterly sinful we are compared to Him.

But, how often do we really reflect on God’s Word and Jesus to the point that our sinfulness is staring us in the face? How long has it been since our interactions with God’s Word has caused us to drop to our knees and offer up heart-felt prayers of confession and repentance?

Why don’t we naturally allow God’s Word and God’s Son to expose our sinfulness so that it is staring us in the face? Jesus answers that question…

John 3:19-20 (NLT) “… God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.” 

Is it possible for a Jesus-follower to find it difficult to acknowledge their sin? Certainly! It is even more difficult to work to expose yet more sinfulness in the hidden closets of our minds and hearts.

We don’t like to acknowledge that we are far from where we should be. We certainly don’t like for others to point it out!

But, if we are truly followers of Jesus, we must!

John 3:20-21 “All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

A Jesus-follower will “come to the light.”

That means that we will spend daily, reflective, meaningful time in God’s Word. We will allow God’s Holy Spirit to point out where we are deficient. We will allow God’s Holy Spirit to convict our hearts when we see where we have fallen short of God’s perfect standard. We will be moved to confess our short-coming as sin and repent (turn from it) as we continue on our journey to becoming more like Jesus.

We will also spend time looking at Jesus in the Scriptures. We will see how He acted, what He said, how He responded. When we realize that being a Jesus-follower means that we are becoming more like Him, we will acknowledge our failure to comply as the sin that it is, and ask the Holy Spirit for grace to become more like Him.

Friend, being saved isn’t simply a “get-out-of-Hell-free” ticket. It’s a call to enjoy our God and to become more like His Son, Jesus. That will mean that our sinfulness is regularly being exposed so that we can identify and turn from it. It won’t be easy but it is an essential part of growing in holiness.

Will you take God’s call to step into the light seriously? I certainly hope so.

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