Last summer I had a leak in my roof at our house. I knew it because when it rained hard, I was getting water coming through the light in my bathroom ceiling upstairs. I crawled up in the attic and found not only a leak but also mold. Lots and lots of mold. It turns out that my roof was not only leaking but I also didn’t have enough ventilation in my attic so it was growing mold too.
Ever get mold in your basement or mold in a cottage that is closed up too long? Mold grows in dark wet places. Sin grows in dark places too. Sin grows best in the dark. When we are hiding something, when we are doing something we know is wrong we often do it in the dark. We don’t do it out in the open. We don’t do it in the sun. We do it alone, in a dark, quiet place.
Paul said in Romans 13:12 “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Our hidden sin is best addressed when it is brought into the brightness of the light of Christ.
Jesus said in John 3:19 “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
Do you love darkness? Do you love the sin you hide in the darkness from your spouse, from your kids, from your work? The sin we hide in the darkness can eat away at us. It can grow more and more, like mold in an attic, entangling our heart and soul. Expose it to the light. Let the light of Christ purge the sin from your heart.
Jesus assures us with this promise. John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
We are not meant to stay in darkness, not when we have the light of Christ. May you bring any darkness out in the light today so that you may be healed.
Pastor Chad Starfeldt was installed at Shepherd of the Hills in June of 2012.