The fundamental problem many of us have in living the Christian life reveals itself in the area of our continual yielding to the darkness that God has already saved us from. God cleanses us from all sin and applies His own holiness to our accounts. But for many of us, there is a desire to keep returning to the broken life that God has graciously made whole.
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. — 1 John 1:6-7 (NLT)
We need to realize that while God freely grants us His grace, we are responsible to Him to continue living according to the ethical and moral standards that He has revealed to us in His Word. It is a cheap form of grace indeed, that says that God doesn’t care how we live our lives. When we accept God’s gift of holiness we are also committing ourselves to live a life that reflects the holiness that God has imparted to us. It is not a matter of being perfect, but of living by God’s standard. When we do fall short, God will forgive, but the goal is to walk so close to the light that falling short becomes a rare occurrence quickly followed by repentance and a newfound desire to live in the light of God’s presence. May God give us the ability to not only accept His light, but to live in it.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord, I want to bask in the light of Your presence. May my life reflect the holiness that You have imparted to me. Make my light Your light.