by Krissy Hanna
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” I John 1:6-7
As I read this, I wonder if I am walking in darkness in some area of my life.
This forces me to ask myself,
“Where do I go? What do I do? What do I watch? What do I read? What do I think? What are things in my life that could possibly lead me toward darkness? Am I meandering in it without even knowing? Or do I know?”
Several years ago, Blake Bergstrom gave a sermon for the youth at our church. He asked the kids if they would be wiling to eat the brownies that he had made. He promised that he put only a little bit of poop in them, but not too much. Obviously after disclosing one of the ingredients, none of the kids wanted to eat the dessert. He then asked the kids the question,
“What are you allowing in your life that has just a little poop in it?”
Because a little poop can spoil the whole batch. If we allow a little poop in our lives this time, we will allow a little more the next time. And after a while we can’t taste the poop anymore.
We will loose our ability to discern the difference between light and darkness.
Perhaps everything we do and the things we ponder either lead us closer to the light or closer to the darkness. I believe strongly that whatever we permit to enter our minds shapes who we are. That movie we watched (that was funny but clearly not godly) led us closer to the darkness. That Bible study we did led us closer to the light. That walk in the park, that beautiful time with the family, that church service, that lunch date with a likeminded friend, that time we helped in the soup kitchen, that instance when we gave all we had for someone else, all led us to the light. And yet sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s really good for us and what’s not. Haven’t you noticed that the darkness is often so very, very sneaky? “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light,” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
The questions I should be asking are NOT:
“Is that thing I want to do permissible?” or
“Is this going to keep me out of heaven?”
Instead I should be asking these questions:
“Do these activities lead me closer to Jesus? Do they make me more Christ-like? Jesus, should I go here? Should I do this? Should I read this? Should I watch this? Should I visit this website?”
We have a choice to make about who we are becoming. Are we becoming more like Christ or more like the world?
Are we really walking in the light?
Often I answer my own questions with the selfishness that resides deep within my soul,
“But I just want do what what I want do.”
And it’s almost like I can hear Jesus say,
“Will you do what I want you to do? Am I your Lord? Or am I just your Savior?”
Oh, Jesus, be my Lord. Be the Lord of our hearts. Show us how to walk in the light as you are in the light. Keep the darkness away. Help our choices reflect your choices and lead us in the path of righteousness for Your name’s sake. This world is getting darker by the minute, and we need Your light desperately.
We want to live in Your truth and we really do not want to consume anything that contains even the smallest amount of poop.