Dare 2B Daring - July 26, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God.” – C.H. Spurgeon
One of the advantages of waking up in the wee hours of the morning for our monthly prison ministry trips is that my teammates and I get to see some glorious sunrises. On a normal workday, I roll out of bed around 7:00 AM, at which time the sun has already begun its daily ascent across the skies. But getting up at 3:30 AM for a 4:30 AM prison trip means that I catch the very first rays of sunlight coming over the horizon.
It’s amazing how quickly the darkness flees from the rising sun. What begins as a soft glow in the eastern sky soon becomes a fireball that illuminates everything in its path.
That’s the point that Charles Spurgeon is making in today’s quote. The nearer we draw to Jesus, the more His brilliance shines on us. First, in direct contrast to His holiness, it draws attention to our sinfulness. Second, it banishes sin’s blemish… and the guilt that accompanies it.
In politics, there is a saying that goes, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” In other words, shining the light of transparency on government dealings is the best way to prevent corruption. Well, my friend, the same goes for spiritual matters.
Draw near to Jesus and stop worrying about what His light will expose. After all, it’s nothing that He doesn’t already know or hasn’t seen before. And take to heart what He says in John 3:17, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
That’s right… SON-light doesn’t condemn; it cleanses, purifies and makes whole. So go get yourself a “Jesus tan” today!
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President