Open! Open! Open!

Christmas is around the corner and I am not ready! But I do have a nightly reminder about the Light who came into the world — the lamp-post light that comes in through the little holes and the edges of the blinds.

Let me explain, just like blinds open or close to keep others from looking in and also keep a room dark at night, so our hearts open or close to the light of Jesus. God has a way of revealing Himself to us at the right time and in His way; His light has a way of penetrating the darkness. Even those who choose to live in spiritual darkness are confronted with His creation:

The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies;
yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world. ~ Psalm 19:1-4, NLT

John says of Jesus,

Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. ~ John 1:4-5

Jesus said of Himself,

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12

The requirement for walking in light, is to follow Him, not the flesh. Keeping the blinds open to His light keeps my heart in good working order; otherwise the day might just as well be nighttime. When I do close my heart to Him and sin, He gives me the opportunity to confess; His promise is that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1: 6

I will close with this truth from 1 John 1:5,

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

Special thanks to Julie Horn of Horn Photography for the blinds image. She’s at
http://hornphotography.smugmug.com/

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