The light has come into the world,
and people loved darkness rather than the light
because their deeds were evil.
Have you ever filled the grooves of old paneling with drywall mud? You can transform seventies style walls into something more modern without demolition and reconstruction. I used this technique on a huge room. It took a few days to apply several thin coats of mud.
After filling in every divot, we wet sanded, ensuring all the ridges are completely filled without bumps or indentations. And while this sounds like the final step, we then set a spotlight almost parallel to the wall. A flip of the switch reveals the minor flaws that remain.
Four times Jesus calls Himself “The Light of the World.” John uses the phrase to describe the Savior two more times. The light illuminating my plaster faux pas showed me how Jesus does the same thing.
Most people aren’t evil, not in the way we think of the word. Even before I began my walk with Christ, I don’t think anyone would have used that adjective to describe me. If you had asked what I needed to change, I’d have mentioned a few missing graces to avoid looking conceited, but I lived a socially acceptable life. People liked me, and I tried to help others.
But then I turned the light on.
When I began to walk with Jesus, He shined His brilliance on me. Like the lamp on the walls I mudded and sanded, Christ exposed flaws and mistakes I didn’t know were there. His splendor unearthed things only a perfect and holy God would describe as evil. Perhaps this stops some folks in their walk with Christ. Some prefer not to see the rough edges and tiny ridges. We don’t need to work on what we can’t see, correct? Won’t that make life easier?
Unfortunately easier is not necessarily better.
Jesus wants us to have the best life possible. He came to give abundant life. But this comes when we walk in His light. 1 John 1:7 says “If we walk in the light as Jesus is in the light . . . His blood purifies us from all sin.” Jesus came to get rid of the chips, gaps and protrusions. Sometimes the purification process scares us because human nature prefers easy. But I don’t want easy, I want better!
So I pray today you are walking in the Light, letting Him unveil every ridge, crack and bump; so Jesus Christ can finish you to perfection, and you can live the most abundant life possible!
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