I walked into the house and was greeted by what had been a tissue tornado. The beagle pup had gotten into the box of tissue while I was outside – no more than 5 minutes – and there were scraps of shredded tissue paper strewn everywhere. I saw plenty of tissue, but no beagle pup.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” – John 3:20-21, ESV
The beagle pup knew what she had done. However, in her beagle brain her “don’t do this” thought lost to the one that told her “it’ll be so much fun!” And what fun it was until she heard the rattle of the doorknob. Then the first thought prevailed and she attempted to hide.
I don’t remember where I found her, I just remember that she tried to make herself tiny. She tried to disappear. When she saw my face, she started shaking. She was terrified at what might happen. I didn’t have the heart to even look angry at her. I remember rescuing her out of wherever she hid herself and cuddling her until she stopped shaking.
When we’ve done something sinful, hiding does no good. God knows where we are, no matter where we try to go (Psalm 139). For those who are trying to follow after Jesus, it’s time to turn back to the light. It’s time to face up to what we’ve done, confess, and repent. We must seek the light both for praise and for punishment.
This is the what makes a sinner also a saint. A saint is a sinner who does not hide in darkness but comes to face God. We don’t become perfect in thought and action when God saves us. We still have our many flaws, our sinful nature, and all the problems which come with it. However, we endeavor to change, but more importantly we strive to come before God for both our good and bad deeds.
Going beyond that, a follower of Christ strives to do what is true, what is considered righteous and holy by God. When the light shines on these actions, God is revealed and glorified. This is, after all, why we exist: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. So the Christian life isn’t just about repenting of sinful actions. It’s also purposing and engaging in the types of things God approves of.
Does the second verse characterize your life? Or do you currently look more like the first? The good news is that when we turn back to God in repentance, He forgives us. He restores us. He lifts us back on our feet. And we have an opportunity to start again with Him. Let us bring our deeds to the light, to God. And let us strive to do true deeds so our God may be revealed in our actions.