Light

bookI realize that light chases out darkness and exposes what was hidden. I love light because I can see much better. I don’t have cat eyes, so I need light to see in the dark. I also don’t always like what is hidden in the dark.  Paul is really challenging the church at Corinth about how they should be regarded. He pulls off the gloves a bit and really lays it out.  Check this out…

1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:1-5 NIV)

 

The Lord’s judgment is something that I used to fear a lot. I grew up learning truth so intensely that grace was pushed to the side. I was in constant fear because according to the truth, I’m in trouble. I can’t stay pure and holy, as He wants me to be. When I first read this passage this morning, the part that pushed on me is the part that “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness”. This means exposure to the secrets and motives of my heart. I really try to guard my heart and protect it, but I’m often failing miserably at this. I also loved the part where Paul says, “my conscience is clear, but that doesn’t make me innocent.”  Without Grace, I’m straight up guilty, but with Grace, I’m innocent. I’m so thankful for the cross and the Grace that Jesus delivered. I’m no longer afraid of the light exposing my sin, the light will expose a heart devoted to the Lord!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

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