What to do with the light (John 3)

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:21

It almost always happens when Sherry and I travel and stay in a motel. As we are going to bed she will attempt to leave the bathroom light on so that we can see in the night. She will almost close the door with just a little light coming out. She will get in bed and then a few minutes later she will get up and close the door while saying, I cannot sleep with all this light in the room.

This is truly a problem. Sherry wants the comfort of the light but she likes the darkness of the night. In John three a guy by the name of Nick comes to Jesus at night. The light of Jesus (John 1:4-5) has been drawing this Pharisee. Others had been rejecting the Light (John 1:11) but this man was being drawn close (John 1:12). The question on his mind and heart was: what should he do with the light?

Nick was genuinely struggling between the light and the darkness. Jesus response to Him was truly a moment filled with light. Jesus said, “You must be born again.” For this to happen in Nick’s life he would have to believe in Jesus by faith (Heb. 11:6).

This faith comes to each of us when we are first in the dark. Jesus challenges Nick by pointing out that even though he cannot see the wind he feels its impact. Oh this is so good. Even though Nick could not visibly see himself being born again, he would be able to feel and see the impact of Jesus in his life.

Jesus came so that people could come to the light of John 3:16-17. What is so sad is when people reject the light.

We ask, why would people reject the light? Lean into John 3:19-20

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

People reject the light when they love their sin and when they do not see any need of walking in another direction. But when a person sees the light he or she is compelled to embrace the light. How does a person know they are in the light? What did Jesus say:

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

  1. Our actions of life have changed. We want to be people who do what is right in God’s sight (John 3:21).
  2. Our attitudes of life have changed. Each day we want to make sure God is leading our lives. I love how the Psalmist evidences such a life in Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![c]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

As we approach a new year I would like to challenge you to walk more in His light. A dark world is desperate for the light.

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