Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Authentic”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Cody Hahn will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
1 John 1:5-10
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Many times in the New Testament the Christian life is referred to as a “walk”. John goes even further and says that our walk can be in light or it can be in darkness.
Just as an infant learns to walk and overcomes different challenges, the Christian must learn to walk in the light. In this passage John uses the contrast of light and darkness to challenge readers about authentic Christianity.
In “light”, John is referring to holiness and purity, while “darkness” refers to sin and worldliness. The emphasis is that these two symbols are complete opposites and can’t exist together. John also talks about those that “walk” in darkness, which shows a continued pattern of the lifestyle.
As believers in Christ we may occasionally “step” in darkness, but our convictions will not allow us to stay there.
Today’s Challenge: Think about your life as being the “only Bible that someone will ever read.” If someone watched you for a full day and recorded everything they saw and heard, how would they describe a Christian? Would there be a clear picture of who God designed us to be? What about the people you spend your time with, your friends and family? Are they living in the light?.
Nobody is perfect. It’s not about perfection; it’s about progress. What changes can be made in your life that can keep you walking in the light and away from the darkness?
You cannot live in sin and yet follow God. We all sin however, we do not all live in sin. Living in sin means choosing to sin and live as the world tells us to. Getting drunk, having sex before marriage, lying, watching porn, watching TV or movies that are full of sin, listening to garbage music, etc etc. You can tell who is living in sin pretty easily. Just the other day someone called themselves a Christian and I had to talk to them privately. They do not follow Jesus and gawk at anyone who follows what the Bible says. They are a confused atheist to make a long story short. Constantly cursing, making vulgar jokes, and such is not what Christians are supposed to do. Just because we are saved by grace is not an excuse to live like heathens.
Anytime I think about living in God’s light the analogy of a spotlight on a stage come to mind. The challenge in todays devotional was to think of your life as the only bible others might get to read, they ‘read’ by watching you so the analogy of being on stage shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. When we are living our lives according to God’s will we are walking in His light, like an actor on a dark stage, highlighted by the single spotlight. When we are living authentically, the way He wants us to, he loves to use us as living examples of His love and power. He loves to the world how great he is, not just by using miracles that reveal his mighty power, but by using people that reveal his mighty love, His compassion, His glory.
Unfortunately we sometimes think of God’s light as less of a spotlight on stage and more of a searchlight prison guards use to seek out fleeing prisoners. According to Ephesians God’s light reveals all:
But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light. (Ephesians 5:13 AMP)
We see this scripture and self condemn ourselves, fearing that God’s light will reveal our sin and embarrass us. We fail to understand that if we humble ourselves to God, He has no intention to embarrass us. He only wants to show us off, on that spotlight on stage, when we are living in His will for our lives, so that what He shows off is a good witness to the world. He wants to show us off in a way that brings glory to Him.
Very few Christians are put on stage in front of the whole world, but regardless of who you are there are always people watching you. You are always on stage for the people in your world and living God’s will for your life will not go unnoticed by those people. Knowing this, it’s better to see God’s light as a spotlight on a stage than a searchlight in a prison. Nothing about God’s character should make us want to run away from him, His love and greatness should have us all running toward Him. Authenticity in Christianity would be to seek out His light, just as we are to seek Him out.