Leaving The Dark Side
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”
Sometimes we enjoy sin too much. The desire to follow Jesus is there, however, our minds desire things opposite from the heart of God. As followers of Jesus, we are called to imitate Him. As Paul writes in Ephesians 5, we were once children of darkness, but we are called to leave the dark side. Earlier in Ephesians, we are shown an ungodly path that needs to be removed from our lives.
While “sin” may be enjoyable at times, it leads to destruction. A sinful lifestyle is destructive because it creates a separation in our relationship with Jesus. Understanding this can be scary. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that nothing good dwells within our personal desires. Goodness comes from God the Father. Without a real relationship with Jesus, the Son, there can be no inheritance in His Kingdom.
Like any other child, we may slip up from time to time. That is a given, but we cannot continue to dwell in a lifestyle of choices that are opposite from God’s standards. At some point, we need to make every effort to leave the dark side.
My past is not picture perfect. Whose is? We all have embarrassments from the person we once were. We may find ourselves confessing Christ on the weekend, but living by a completely different standard the rest of the week. In so doing, we find ourselves serving the desires of the world rather than the heart of God.
As followers of Jesus, we cannot fall prey to the standards of this world. Something must set us apart. That is the essence of being holy. Holiness means to be “set apart”. Following Jesus should cause us to be different in this world. Not “odd” different, but different in the fact that people see something within us that is missing within the world. This is a life filled with grace and hope, not guilt and negative consequences.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 states: “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.” Letting God’s light shine through us should be our aim so that, when the world sees us, they ultimately see Jesus.