Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Exposing Sin

"But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible." - Ephesians 3:13-14

I recently bought two potted plants. I had them sitting on my front porch. They were beautiful fall looking flowers. But as the days went on I kept ignoring them. I didn't mean to, I just got busy and I would forget to water them and give them the sunlight they needed. I didn’t take care of them and now they are dying. I wasn’t exposing it to the light. I wasn’t giving it water to grow. I kept it away from everything it needed it to flourish. And that’s a picture of what our souls could look like if not taken care of. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16). We need our sin to be exposed to light. 

Sin loves darkness. It loves to hide. If not exposed it’s like a cancer that spreads. It could spread quickly, and if it’s not cut out it will live there slowly eating your body away. Treat sin aggressively. I take that back, to treat it is to foster it; put a bandaid on it. Kill it. Put it to death (Colossians 3:5) Expose it.

I think I’d be mortified if we all gathered and sat down and watched a video of what goes on in the mind of Lora. It’s not pretty. I’m not at all perfect. I’m with Paul when he says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). But as I strive to be more like Christ I search for light and truth. 

I search for help. The Bible says to confess your sins to one another. Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13). Your vulnerability may spur others to be genuine. 

So join me on this daily process of setting our hearts on things above (Colossians 3:1) and devoting ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2). 

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