Cross and Flame - Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame).

DID I DO THAT?

I John 1: 5 – 10

“God is light and in Him there is no darkness.” 

I have entitled this sermon “Did I Do That?”  If you recognize that little phrase, you will see that it came from Steve Urkle and it is said in this manner, “Did I do that?”  Steve was always doing something and uprooting things and creating havoc and would turn around and ask. “Did I do that?”  I wondered about that because it is an odd title for a sermon but we go through life wreaking havoc and doing things and saying things and suddenly one day the Holy Spirit comes with major conviction and we have to look back and ask, “did I do that?”  Thank God that God is God all by Himself because sometimes it really makes you wonder when you stand in the light of God and you know who you are in Christ how we can just run amuck.

I am amazed and I am constantly before God about that and I wonder “What zone am I in?; what planet am I on this week?” because I don’t even know this person called Sandi Minor.  Things are going crazy and I just catch the train and go with it.  But God doesn’t always want us to catch the train.  Eventually, we have to have enough wherewithal by ourselves to slow down and to stop and to recognize that everything that is rattling and going by isn’t for us to take a part of.

God is light and in Him is no darkness.  It is in these days and times that you look back and say, “Did I do that?” and it makes you wonder about grace.  And I thank God for grace but I’m also saying Lord, sometimes grace gives me a little too much wiggle room to go and do what I want to do.  Grace gives me so much wiggle room that I forget that God is God.  I forget that God is light.  And I forget that in God, there is no darkness.  And I know that I am playing in the mud and I want to act like God can play in the mud, too.  But that is just not the truth and I think we need to wake up.  So, today’s sermon is just a bit of a wakeup call and may give you a little insight.  I don’t know.  Maybe your life is all good, wise and holy.  God bless you.  Because I know I am not there all the time.  Some days I just stop and go “wow”, “Did I do that?” and even more so than that, “Did I do ALL of that and I am still here to tell it.”  So, let’s just take a little walk in I John 1:5-10 and be reminded that God is God.

This statement of truth is a reminder to believers that God is God and we are limited in trying to define Him in human terms.  By faith we believe.  The problem with having a God that is not concrete or finite leaves us enough wiggle room to question God and that comes dangerously close to humanizing God which can lead to bringing our belief about God down to some level that denies Him the position as the most High God.

Our preoccupation with those things that lend themselves to our human pleasure and God’s displeasure open the doors to sin and godly sorrow.  We find that we soon fall prey to the evil seduction of darkness.  But, in God there is no darkness.  There are no schisms.  God is God all by God’s self.  He is the great I AM THAT I AM.  He is Spirit.  He is pure love and pure light.

The Scripture lesson today presents several if-then statements or conditional statements.  They appear as a hypothesis with a conclusion as shown in verse 8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  You’ve probably heard a few of these kinds of statements in your life also.  What about “If you play with fire, you are going to get burned.”?  As kids growing up when Mom spoke to us about our relationships with others, she would often say, “If you lay down with dogs, you will get fleas.”  It was a warning to watch the people that we got close to.

We shrugged those quaint sayings off until they started to become true.  Funny, how we always want to push the envelope even though we knew the difference between right and wrong.  We knew the consequences of our actions but we would do some really weird things anyway and wondered how we got into the messes that we did.

When one thinks about it, you have to ask yourself if you thought you were immune to the consequences.  Did you sometimes think that you had time to correct your wrongs?  Did it even cross your mind that maybe you really couldn’t eat just one Lay’s potato chip?  Some of us couldn’t stop ourselves and didn’t want to stop ourselves.  We had deceived ourselves for so long we thought it was okay.

Unfortunately, when you play around with sin, you will eventually get burned.  It is hard to wake up to reality and find that you have given the reins of your life over to the enemy and the only way to get them back is to turn to the God that you have not taken seriously.  The same God who permitted you to play teeter totter with your life remained God and watched over you even in the midst of your mess.  This same God waits to welcome you back to Himself so that your joy may be full.

That joy is found in our fellowship with Him and each other.  This fellowship is one of light.  It is truly desired of God.  It is a place where we are free to be the person we were created to be and we do not have to play make believe with ourselves.  It is not the fellowship of a closet Christian; one who plays Christian on Sunday in church but transforms as soon as they get to the parking lot.

Our fellowship with each other should be a reflection of our relationship with God.  Verse 6 says, “if we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”  This statement would be far-fetched if it were not the truth.  People unfortunately live by many sets of rules but living in the light of God’s love and likeness is where true life is.  We are not called to live amidst shades of gray or darkness but some of us have resided there so long that we cannot distinguish one from the other.

If one chooses to live in the light of God, one steps into the arena of life fully exposed and sin is seen for what it is.  The love and light of God moves one to be convicted by the darkness of sin which cannot be denied.  All is not lost for the God who is Creator made a way for us to continue this journey with Him.  In verse 9, we read “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  That is the good news.  For the God we serve, there are no impossibilities that cannot be dealt with and we are free from the penalty of sin and death and free to celebrate life as God’s wonderful creation.