My husband and I have gone out on dates many times to eat at some amazing restaurants. That’s one thing we both love; food. Trying new places and dishes is something we both look forward to. I remember a few times where the light in the room got a tad darker – quickly my eyes would adjust. As if nothing changed, our conversation and mood flowed smoothly along. Practically, unnoticed.
How easy it is for our eyes to adjust. The only time I’m startled is when the light switch is turned on, after it being completely dark for a period of time. So startling, that it not only affects the eyes, but attitudes and behaviors. No one likes it when flashes of light enters their eyes…it just doesn’t feel good, it’s almost painful! You immediately see what all is around you, and you’re quickly aware of where you are, and what all has been with you…because it’s in the light now, too!
Our sin can be like this, if not kept in check. One minute we are abiding the rules around us, the next we are gossiping with a friend, rolling our eyes at a store clerk, or telling a “white lie” to our children, or spouse. Day after day, we continue to gossip a little more, lie a little more, and instead of rolling our eyes, we yell at a store clerk. The sin is the same, but our eyes have adjusted to a little more darkness. Pretty soon, darkness surrounds.
Like the dimmer on a light switch, our eyes that once focused on Gods Word, His commands, and what is right – eyes that once focused on Jesus, the Light of the World – is now very well focused on what is dark. You can’t see it coming, because you’re eyes have adjusted each passing day, and so has your sin.
Being continuously in the light requires us to continue to be followers of Jesus Christ. Allowing the Holy Spirit – that lives inside each believer – to convict – even in the smallest things. Because one day, those small things become big things, and those big things (if the dimmer is turned the other direction) can be a startling reminder just how far we are from Jesus…..The Light.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9