Light and Dark have very specific places in our society. In the Bible light and dark are powerful metaphors between what is good and from God and what is wicked, or against God.
As it relates to God light is that which is brilliant, true, pure. Darkness is wickedness, falsehood, and really that which is in need of light.
A God honoring life is one that runs from the darkness to the light.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light,as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:5-7
So what happens when we run to the light?
Light Exposes Your Areas of Darkness
We notice right away from verse 5 that there is no conflict with God in terms of dark or light. God is light. Period. He is not a light. He is not full of light. He is light. In Him is the substance of all that is true, pure, holy, and right. You will not find darkness in God.
This is actually not that hard to understand if we think about our own experience with darkness and light. Take each new day as an example of this. If you have ever seen the sunrise, what do you notice about the darkness when the sun comes over the horizon? It is gone. The light overcomes the darkness immediately without any struggle. Darkness can’t hang out with light; it has to go. The same thing happens when you walk into a room and turn the light on; instantly the darkness is overcome.
This might be a bit unnerving to you because it exposes all that is there. However, there is freedom in this because it isn’t that God is looking to show off all your faults. He does desire to free you from your sin and give you a way that is true, not evil. Being in the light does expose the sin but it also opens the door for God to do something with it.
Run to the light because it is there that God will clean you up and fill you with Himself. You will notice that you cannot have it both ways. Either you are in the light or you aren’t in the light.
Light Reveals the Consistently Between What You say and do.
Since we have already established that God is light, void of any darkness, it would lead to some changes in us as followers of His.
“If we claim to have fellowship with him” How does someone claim to have fellowship? They do that with their mouth. Anyone can make a claim with their mouth, but talk without action produces a conflicted life.
“yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” Why is that the case? Because we have just read that God is light and cannot ever be in the darkness. So if you are walking in the darkness, you are not walking with God in the light.
Our actions need to match what is being said. This doesn’t mean you need to be perfect. It does mean that you make choices that lead you in the direction of God’s Word and apply those things. Walking in the darkness is more than making a mistake, it is actively hanging out, doing daily life in the midst of evil, wickedness and things that are opposite of God.
If are running to the light, you are running to God.
Light Unites Us Together In Christ
If we walk, or if our inward and outward actions are led by God, we have fellowship with one another and with God through Christ. We have a common bond. This is what brings such diverse people together in a youth group or a church. It is because of our common desire to run to the light, to life in Christ, and to then proclaim that to each other. We experience unity in Christ which provides fellowship for us.
Are you holding a part of yourself back from the light? Run to the light with that. God is light and in Him will you begin to find help for all areas of struggle in your life.
What do your actions say about your God you profess? Running to the light means being willing to make some changes in order to walk honestly in the light.
How much fellowship do you experience with fellow believers? Running to the light means recognizing that we are all on the same team here. We have all been forgiven in Christ and all need to receive daily from Him. We also need each other because people bring different things that bless us and cause us to grow in faith.
Light overcomes darkness. Be light.