"Haven't lived a perfect life
Seems I've done wrong more than I've done right
But thank God for compassion and forgiveness
That kept me from a terrible plight"
If that doesn't sum up my life, I don't know what does. I've done a lot in my life. Not all of it is good. To be really honest, there are a lot of blemishes on my record. And when I think about the blemishes, I realize that lots of the wrong I did, I did in the dark.
Somethings I did at night. Others I did in in secret - the symbolic dark. Either way, I let the cover of "night" give me a false sense that as long as no one knew about it, then it was ok. The Word says in John 3:20 "20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed." Ummm, well me admit it. That was completely wrong thinking. Why? Because God always knows what you are doing whether it's in the dark or light or on the moon. John 8:12 states, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"
If you are a follower of Jesus, then wherever you go there is light on you. Everywhere you go, Jesus's light goes with you. Really think about that. Everywhere? Everywhere! Remember those bracelets that folks had a few years back that said "WWJD - What would Jesus do?" They were supposed to remind you to think about your actions from a Christly vantage point. Try this on for size: think about all the stuff that you did in December - both in the light and in the dark. If Jesus was in the room with you for the whole month, what would you have done differently? Well, guess what? He was there with you the whole month. Right now, Jesus is holding your hand. Right now, Jesus is watching you love your kids. Right now, Jesus is watching you call your fornication fix. Jesus is watching you as you call your weed dealer. Jesus is watching you (me) cuss out a coworker. Jesus is watching you honor your husband. Jesus is watching you RIGHT NOW.
That thought puts not only a flashlight on your actions, but a huge glaring spotlight. This is why you must repent daily. This is why you have to vigilant in your actions. And this is why there should be no doubt about God's grace and mercy.
In Acts 26:18 Jesus commissioned Paul saying that he was to go to the people "'to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'" So you need to turn away from darkness. Walk in the light.