“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17 (NKJV)
I once had a blog entitled, “The Lantern: Shining the Light of Truth”. It was my first Christian ministry blog. Some of the articles posted on this blog were first posted on The Lantern.
What brought me to this topic today was a reading from the book, “The Imitation of Christ”. A reference was made to a Psalm that seemed to be incorrect, so I did a search trying to find the correct scriptural reference. In the process, I came across the blog of a woman who had written on the same passage of the book that I had just read.
“A good man always finds enough over which to mourn and weep; whether he thinks of himself or of his neighbor he knows that no one lives here without suffering, and the closer he examines himself the more he grieves.” —The Imitation of Christ, Book 1, Chapter 21, ‘Sorrow of the Heart’
“My first experience with spiritual direction was like this. I told my holy advisor (sic) that after months of going to him, I felt worse. He explained that my life was like a window and God is the light. The closer I get to him, the better I see the smudges!!!”
Her comment got me to thinking about how when the sun shines just right on the front windshield of my car, all the pits in the glass stand out, making it nearly impossible to see through the windshield. Pits that normally do not stand out, thus I don’t normally see or notice – only when the sun light hits the windshield just right.
Then I got to thinking about how when the evening sun shines through the sliding glass doors into my kitchen, how I will notice how dirty the floor is or how much grease has collected on the stove top. Again, just like the windshield of my car, I only notice this when the sun light hits these objects just right.
Naturally, once I notice this, I think to myself that I need to take steps to rectify what has been revealed to me (replace the windshield on the car, sweep the kitchen floor and clean the stove top). Of course, as soon as the light is no longer shinning just so, I forget all about what the light had just revealed to me and go on about my business. And so it goes with ‘The Light of Truth’ that shines on my life.
At times, the light of God reveals all that is unclean within me and I am initially repulsed and I think about how much I need to clean all the gunk out of my life (my heart and my thoughts). Then a few moments later I go on about my business, no longer thinking about what the light had just revealed to me. At best, there are times when I do some “minor housekeeping” during some quiet time, but I never make a sincere and lasting effort to cleanse my heart and purify my thoughts. Instead, I contend myself with the thought that at the least, I am making spiritual progress. After all, it is impossible for anyone to attain spiritual perfection.
Yet, the “Good Book” lets me know that there will come a time when the Light of Truth will be brought to bear upon my life, and it will reveal everything about me and how I lived my life. When that happens, the time to do more than some light housekeeping will have past. It will be inspection time, when my commanding officer will hand out merits and demerits accordingly.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord.
So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:1-20 (NLT)