Exposing Our Life to God’s Light


I love a clean car, inside and out. I spend hours washing, cleaning, and polishing my car to make it shine and sparkle. Once finished and in the shade, I think that the windshield and windows are spotless. But, when I drive into the afternoon sun, it reveals the streaks that I thought I had removed.

I want a clean life, inside and out. I spend hours trying to be pure and spotless—good, decent, moral—until I expose my life to God’s light. God’s holiness exposes my sin. When I think little sin exists in my life, God’s light reveals a different story.

The recipients of John’s letter had a similar deception. He wrote, “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him” (1 John 1:5). They, too, thought they were without sin. But they, when exposed to the light of God’s holiness, saw themselves as they really were—sinful. God’s light reveals the dirt, the flaws, and the cover-ups. What we think is clean next to God’s holiness is dirty.

God’s light shows our defects, mistakes, and misdeeds. The light reveal what needs to be confessed, made clean. The light points the way to forgiveness, freedom, and spotless behavior.

When we begin with God’s light, His holiness, we understand sin for what it really is—contrary to God’s will, a violation of God’s laws, and removing us from His presence. When we are exposed to the light we begin to understand God’s plan of salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Then, we realize the price He paid to make us pure, clean, and spotless. Once clean, we reflect His light, like a clean car reflects the sun.


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About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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