How to Approach the Light

I love John 8:12. I love it for the same reason I love 1 John 1:7. I love these verses because they are so counter to everything the world would teach us. The world instructs us that we should cover over our weaknesses, our failures, that they are things we should hide, that we should be ashamed of them. Yet these verses are the polar opposite of that. In these verses there is a reckless amount of freedom. Freedom that can only be found in Christ. 1 John 1:7 tells us that we should walk in light. John 8:12 Jesus tells us that we will never walk in darkness,but have the light of life, provided we follow, we believe in, Him.
There’s a reckless freedom that I love present in these verses. Where the world tells us
to cover our failures, to hide them, to be ashamed of what we have done lest someone cancel us, these verses tell us the opposite. That since we are now living and walking in the light, we should instead display them. That our failures are no longer things to be ashamed of, rather they are things to rejoice because Christ is at work IN them, and THROUGH them. There is
such a freedom in that. You don’t have to pretend, you don’t have to have it all together, it doesn’t need to make perfect sense or look perfect, you don’t have to show up with all your ducks in a row. You just need to show up.
We can approach the light in two ways. We can be ashamed, because we will be
exposed. Or we can rejoice, because we don’t have to pretend. We don’t have to act like we have it all together, we don’t have to act like everything’s okay when it’s not. We don’t have to lie about how we are, or the questions we have. Since we are in light, we are free, free to be ourselves. Free to change. Free to grow. Free to get everything wrong in the pursuit of Christ. We can approach the light afraid, because everything will be laid bare. Or we can approach it
rejoicing, because you will finally be free. 

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