If you remain in the shadows, at some point your actions will be shady.
“Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.’
Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’ ‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’ ‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked.” – John 3 (NIV)
How many times have we allowed pride and sin to keep us in the shadows? We find ourselves caught between what society says versus what the word of God says. We end up acting one way at church, but another way in the streets. We go to God in private, and act as if we have it all together and know what we are doing in public. We treat God like that friend who lived next door that we grew up with, but when we got to high school that friend seemed strange to the popular crowd, so we acted as if we didn’t know them. We knew and know better in our heart. We know we need Christ, and we know we should follow Christ.
Nicodemus was suffering from the same thing that’s why he came at night. However, if we come creeping to Christ, then we are actually still denying Him. Matthew 10:33 it says: “but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Also, the more we try to hide our faith the more we lose our faith.” So, stop denying CHRIST and get out the shadows.
Jean Ward serves as pastor of East Atlanta Church.