Sketchy Is As Sketchy Does
"These things we write so that our joy may be made complete. This is the message that we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light and there is no darkness in Him at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." 1 John 1:4-10 NASB
It’s crazy to think of my life when I walked apart from Christ. Crazier still to know that what John calls darkness in these verses is really best described in today’s terms as being spiritually and morally shady. Nobody wants to admit when they are being shady, and nobody wants to think of themselves as sketchy. However, the word darkness that John uses here means spiritual or moral ignorance and is really best understood as not having a clue about Godly things, which if we call ourselves believers is like being labeled as a poser. John’s basically saying God is the real deal, and if we are living our lives covering up our junk, denying and playing off our wrongs, and lying about our side of the street, then we live in darkness. We are living apart from the truth of God. Sounds sketchy to me.
To be completely transparent, I fell into this trap for a period of time in my walk with Christ. I have even wondered how I could have been saved, because I was the epitome of spiritual and moral ignorance through that time. I put things before God, I let my attendance at church slip off into nonexistence, I surrounded myself with folks that only cared about partying, money and scrapping by. I came off my PTSD/Depression meds and started self-medicating; and the next thing you know, I was the shady, sketchy guy that avoided all my church friends because I felt guilty. I didn’t want any of them to see me out in left field! They couldn’t know that I was crawling in the dark!
So, John’s verses here certainly speak directly to me regarding that time of my life, for sure. However, when God allowed me to see how far I had gotten off track and repent, being able to confess my sins to Him, as well as to someone I trust was absolutely freeing. It brought all my junk, all my shame, and all my sins to the light, and while that was painful, it also stamped all of it “FORGIVEN”. I was then able to step into His Grace, Mercy and Light once again as He did for me what I could not do for myself, free me of my sketchy nonsense.
But, what about you? What are you holding onto in the dark? What is it that you keep hidden from others? Have you taken an inventory of your own junk recently to see if you need to ask God for forgiveness? Also, in what ways might you be trying to downplay God’s Word by withholding forgiveness from someone else? Or, judging someone and condemning them where God has already called them redeemed?
Until Next Time