Just one more image. Just one more time. It doesn’t control me. I can stop whenever I want. I only do this once in a while, God will understand, right? The fact is, we are “walking” (by the way we live our lives) either in darkness or in the light. How can we walk in darkness and in the light? Well, we can’t! And that is the issue we face in a Christian/Secular generation. We think we can “accept” Jesus, and then he, by mandatory regulations, must forgive our every sin despite our disobedience. The truth is, if we are willfully disobedient, then we are not walking in the light. For example; if I tell my wife I love her, then never show her love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1). In the same way “if we claim to have fellowship with him, but continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6).
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Whoever “follows me,” will “never” walk in darkness. We either “walk in darkness” or we “walk in the light.” In both of these statements there is action, effort, and an outcome. The only other option would be when we are in transition from one to the other, as we are walking into the light of Christ and out of darkness. As we begin to walk in the light (truly follow Jesus), the darkness receives more and more light until we are walking in the light where there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). But we must discontinue our “love affair” with the unfruitful deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (John 3:19-21).
The reason we continue walking in darkness is, “men loved” darkness, and are unwilling to come into the light for “fear” of “being exposed.” If only we weren’t captivated by this fear of being exposed. If only we would begin to, “live by the truth,” so that we would come “into the light.” If only we would have stepped into the light and out of darkness. Darkness, the place where fungus grows best. A place without the light of life. What fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14) They have no fellowship. Living by the truth brings us into the light. A place that totally dispels darkness. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.”
Author: Erick Hurt
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.