Exposed by The Light

"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light …" Ephesians 5:11-14

There’s a company that cleaned carpets, and this company offered a special cleaning service for homes with pets.  And usually people say the same thing.  They say, “Well, we really don’t need this service.  Our pet is completely housebroken.  And if there ever is a mess, we get it completely clean.”

That’s when a technician from the carpet-cleaning company breaks out his secret weapon.  He darkens just one room of the house, and he turns on a powerful black light that causes urine crystals to grow brightly.  To the horror of the homeowner, every drop, every dribble, instantly comes into view.  And it comes into view not only on the carpets, but usually also on the walls, the drapes, the furniture, even on lampshades. 

Now, the truth is, the offense was there all the time, but it was invisible until the light exposed it.  Here’s what Jesus said in John 3:19-20: “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”

God’s light exposes.  God’s light exposes the sin in our lives.  It exposes the things that we think are hidden.  It exposes the things we would rather not think about, or talk about.

I go back and think about that carpet-cleaning company.  It would have been cruel for that carpet-cleaning company to show customers their problem under that black light, and then to say, “Hey, that’s too bad for you,” and then just to go on.  The purpose of the light was to expose what was there, so that the home could really be cleaned.

In the same way, Jesus doesn’t shine His light on us just to make us feel guilty, or just to make us feel bad, or just to make us feel defeated.  He doesn’t leave us in our darkness, and in the dirt and filth of our sin.  He shines His light on us, so that He can truly make us clean.  The Bible says, “…when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light...”  This is something that the light of Jesus does that natural light can never do.  When Jesus’ light exposes our sin, it also has the power to cleanse us from our sin.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!