We use clear glass to showcase pictures, so that we can see the photographs. Our windows are made of glass to allow the beauty of the sunlight to shine through and so that we can view the outside clearly. We even spend time polishing the glass to assure that no spot or smudge blocks the light. We don’t like fuzzy glass.
This is what I think of when I read the first chapter of John’s letter. God is light. His Spirit lives in me. I need to be transparent, like glass, so that His light can shine brightly through me. When I allow my selfish desires, smudges of sin, and the fingerprints of this world to dirty my life, His light can not shine through clearly. Without His light, I walk in darkness. This impacts my relationships, my witness, and my fellowship with Him.
The good news is that when I confess my sin to Him, He cleanses me. Just like a window washer, He removes all of the stains and streaks, allowing His light through once again.
Allowing God’s light to shine through.
Cleansed by His forgiveness.
Walking in fellowship and joy.
Awash in His light.
Father, let me be transparent today.
I John 1:5-9
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.