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Whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God..”

John 3:21

Do you like people to notice when you do what is right? Are you offended when you are not recognized for the good that you do? If so, you are showing your need for a spiritual heart transplant. It is important to see that this statement of Jesus in John 3:21 is given to us in the context of the new birth. I am not sure there is any greater evidence of having been born again than the willingness to be truly seen in our Lord's light.

You have to recognize your need. This is akin to Paul's quotation from Isaiah that our righteousness is like filthy rags. You have to admit that there is absolutely  nothing that is good in you. If God doesn't plant good in you, it will never grow there. Coming to God’s light will make it obvious that every good thing you are, or have, or do, is given to you. 

This includes what you may do for God. The Holy Spirit illustrates this truth in the life of John the Baptist. John's disciples told him everyone was going to Jesus to be baptized. John answered, “No one can receive anything that is not given him from heaven.” John knew his great ministry was given by God. He was a great preacher. He knew that was given to him. You might say, “I worked hard to develop my skill.” Where did your willingness and ability to discipline yourself come from? You might say, “What I did was ingenious.” Who gave you your intelligence? Who put you in those situations and around those people that you learned from?


Coming to the light of God is more than admitting your need to yourself. You need to be willing for everyone else to know. Do you seek the light of our Lord to show everyone your great lack and His wonderful sufficiency?

There is more that needs to be said about this. I will deal with it later. But what Jesus says here needs to be digested first.



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Comment by Malva Birch on August 15, 2020 at 9:44am
Isa 26:12 NLT All we have accomplished is really from You.
John 15:5 NIV Apart from Me you can do nothing.

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