“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Mark 1:6-7
I have friends, that are very gifted and intelligent people, that are thought, by most people who know them, to be very irresponsible and unreliable. I’m certain that’s not how they see themselves. They see all the tasks they complete everyday, and all the effort they put into making sure that whatever they do it’s the highest quality product anyone could produce. And they see themselves as productive, responsible, and reliable. What they fail to account for is the large number of times they’re very late to appointments, and the frequency with which they, at the last hour, have to tell friends or family that they won’t be able to fulfill a commitment they’ve volunteered for, leaving the rest of the already overburdened volunteers to figure out how to cover for them at the last minute.
And you can tell that they’re frustrated to be thought of as unreliable, but reputations, like so many things are the product of cause and effect. The pattern of the way we live our lives produces the pictures, that define the relationships we have with people, often defining who we are to them.
In the same way, what we do spiritually has a direct cause and effect relationship on who we are in our relationship with God.
God is light, only light, and the only way we can ever say that we’re with God is if we’re living our lives in the light.
Walking in darkness, that is, living a life following after selfishness and sin, puts us on a path apart from God, leading to a very different destination from the one God is bound for.
Most of us come to Christ primarily because we want a relationship with God and because we know that we need forgiveness and cleansing from sin. Our focus text reveals that there is a cause and effect relationship between the pattern of our lives and the reality of our fellowship with God and the cleansing from sin we seek.
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Do you see the pattern? “If we walk in the light…we have fellowship…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses…”
Understand, a life of obedience doesn’t earn us salvation; Jesus bought and paid for that with his own life’s blood. But walking in the light, that is being obedient to God’s instructions, does place us where we need to be, so that we can have the relationship with God we need, so that we can receive the cleansing that only Jesus’ blood can give.