Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not beleive stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hated the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
— John 3:14-21 (NIV)
I remember times in my life where I have deliberately went against the rules and expectations of my family. After one of these instances, I had gone into the laundry room to change the laundry over, and while I was in there, my parents settled into their office directly outside the laundry room door. If I was going to leave the laundry room, I was going to have to walk past them, and I knew they were going to confront me about my actions. I lingered uncomfortably in the laundry room postponing the inevitable conversation as long as I possibly could. Then mustering up all the courage I had, I left the laundry room working diligently at being nonchalant as I hummed a tune and walked passed my parents’ office as quickly as I could, when I heard, “Hey, Steph…” Oh, yes, they knew, and the conversation was going to happen right then and there.
There’s no way around it. It is uncomfortable to be around those we have disobeyed. We want to distance ourselves from any situation where we might bump into the person, and am I wrong? We do it with God too. We know His presence will expose our disobedience, so we walk away from His presence. In fact, when the sin is presented to us as temptation, we have two choices. To pursue the sin, or to pursue Christ. If we pursue Christ, the sin has no hold on us. If we pursue the temptation, we are in essence willfully telling God, “I don’t want to be near you right now. I don’t want to be in relationship with you right now. I want to distance myself from you. I’m going to cheat on you, and I would feel better about myself if you weren’t around to see it.” We want to hide in the shadows of our sin.
In what area of your life are you loving your sin more than you are loving your God. Your sin isn’t worth your devotion and worship. Your sin won’t love you. Your sin won’t give His one and only Son into the world that those who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Your sin won’t give you true strength when you’re weak. Your sin isn’t worth dying for, and thus it’s not worth living for. Come to the light. Let your sins be exposed. Repent and receive the life that God has in store for you. He is a gracious God. He is worth all your devotion and worship.