Sometimes the light reveals more than we expect.
The other day my son and I changed out the light fixture in the master bedroom. Sadly, this light had been out for years! It was one of those honey do projects that became a point of contention between my Honey and me. No fixture would ever meet the criteria we had in mind for our bedroom oasis so we muddled in darkness for years, settling for mismatched socks and strained eyes when watching the tv.
I was fed up with the inability to read before bed (those silly book lights never seem to illuminate properly) and sorting laundry in the dim light from the hall. We had a small light fixture left over from a bulk purchase that we had made when we redid the kitchen that would suffice until something better comes along.
It was so awesome when the light came on and our bedroom was once again illuminated. Until I noticed the dust and grim in the corner. The dust bunnies that had accumulated in unexpected spots that the vacuum had missed. I was prepared for the goodness of the light, but a little startled and embarrassed by the things that it revealed. My lack of housekeeping skills notwithstanding, I needed that revelation.
It’s like when we receive Christ into our hearts and start to walk in faith with him. At first, you know the big things that might be revealed, but as you study his word you can be startled by some of the little things that you ignored that God still calls sin. A girl’s night out that involves petty gossip, an exaggeration on your taxes about your charitable giving, angrily flipping off the driver next to you, the list goes on and on. All sin is sin. We, as humans, like to categorize it according to human standards and values. God doesn’t do that.
If we want the Holy Spirit to wipe away every stain and sweep up every dust bunny, we need to confess our sins to God and be forgiven. The great news is: WE ARE FORGIVEN! No sin is too great he can’t handle it or too small he doesn’t notice. Why do we try to hide things from his all-seeing eyes? He knows we have done it so why do we pretend that we haven’t? Why do we bury our heads in the ground and pretend nothing is wrong?
I am tired of being surface clean while the dust bunnies multiply under my bed. I want the thorough washing that can only come from the Holy Spirit. When he points out a flaw, I don’t want to mope and feel guilty. I want to take positive steps to overcome that area in my life. Eating right, exercise, snapping the mouth shut before I spew venom about another of God’s creatures or consume another brownie that is how I want to live. Not with a spirit of condemnation but with a spirit of freedom.
Sin is a choice and I choose it no more! Big words, but I have a big God to help me. And when I mess up, I have a big God to forgive me!
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.