When I think of living in darkness, the first thing that comes to mind are those who are doing evil deeds and unspeakable acts. And, of course, that is living in darkness. But it is also living in darkness to think that the things of this world will bring us happiness.
In my book Prince Crossing, Vicki struggles with materialism because she was raised in wealth and comfort. The pull of the world is always yanking on her subconscious, luring her with the lie that life would be better if she abandoned God's call and satisfied her wants.
For you, it may be something else entirely, but it's important to acknowledge that and to begin to walk away from the darkness and toward the light. As the Aposlte John said:
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:5b-6 ESV
Many people claim to be Christians, but their lives are not any different from those who reject Christ. John doesn’t let us get away with that. He makes it abundantly clear that if we say we are in fellowship with God but are living sinful lives, then we are lying.
John doesn’t leave us wondering how we can line up our lives with what we say we believe. He continues to explain exactly what we need to do. In 1 John 1:9, he says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That doesn’t mean we become perfect or sinless, but it does mean that we should be slowly changing.
Step by step, our lives should look more like light instead of darkness. We should be more like God. We may not be all we want to be in Christ, but we should certainly see some improvement. So, no matter how painful, take that first step today.