I confess. I’m a clean freak. If something looks dirty, I’m just OCD enough to get up and clean it at that moment.
The morning sun shines through to my kitchen cabinets which I always keep clean, right? Wrong! As I prepared breakfast, I took a closer look and streaks from some dish I’d prepared who knows how many days ago were visible from the top to the bottom of the lower cabinet above the stove. Oops. How had I missed it? Then it dawned on me. I couldn’t see the smudges before but could now because of the penetrating, bright sunlight.
A spiritual parallel was obvious. It’s easy to overlook our flaws, wrong doings, and sins until the Son’s light shines on us. Especially the light we gain from God’s Word. Just like I couldn’t see the streaks on my cabinet, often I can’t see my own faults until I look into the light of God’s perfect law.
Unfortunately, I believe this is the reason some people don’t want to give their lives to Jesus. They are afraid of exposing their sins to the Sonlight. Yeah, I didn’t like seeing my dirty cabinet, but when I did, I could take a cloth and some furniture polish and clean it up.
The cabinet didn’t clean itself up, but I did. In the same way, Jesus can clean us up. It might be hard to come face to face with our sins, and it is terribly humbling. But the bright and shiny freedom we have after the Lord cleanses and heals our life is worth everything.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘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