Today I want to look at three verses in John chapter 3. They have a very pointed and powerful message to all people and may in fact be a good litmus test for your relationship with Christ. They are found in verses 19-21 where we read…
John 3:19–21 (ESV) 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. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 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.”
These verses come as part of Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a genuine seeker of truth and came to Jesus under the cover of darkness to try and understand who Jesus was. As their discussion begins, Nicodemus acknowledges that Jesus is a teacher sent from God and then Jesus goes straight to the heart of the matter and tells Nicodemus…
John 3:3 (ESV) Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Then Jesus tells Nicodemus what being born again is really about. It is in this discussion that verses 19-21 occur.
My simple question for you during this time of fasting and prayer is this. Are there areas of your life that you know without a doubt have more to do with the darkness of this world than the light? The light and darkness are simply metaphors for the kingdom of God (the light) and the kingdom of this world (the darkness). Following after the light brings life, blessing, peace, rest, joy, and eternity! Following after the darkness brings death, curse, turmoil, fear, and separation from God.
The reason that Jesus used the term “born again” is because we were first born into sin. It is in our nature. You don’t have to do anything to be lost, just be. However, to be a part of God’s family you must start again. Through Jesus’ sacrificial death we have a new beginning! We are remade! We get a new DNA! We become God’s family and kin folks with Jesus!
Here’s the problem. We still live in this world which is totally saturated with the darkness. If we are not careful we can allow that darkness to creep back into our lives.
We are children of God’s light! Don’t allow the darkness into your life.
Today let’s pray that during our time of fasting and prayer that the Holy Spirit would reveal to us those things that are not of the light but of the darkness and lets allow him to remove those from our lives. This is EXACTLY what fasting is for!