When we make the decision to follow Jesus, His light shines on us… therefore revealing our darkness. Initially, this is what leads to repentance. Like Adam and Eve, we all become aware of our sin in the presence of God. We also know that He does this so that He can FREE us from the weight of sin. Ironically, you can’t acknowledge sin’s weight until you’re in His presence. That’s why most people who are in bondage to this world—sin—will say, “I am free” and actually believe they are. We aren’t capable of knowing the weight we carry until we step onto the scale. A person who carries a lot of weight is usually hesitant to be measured. In the same way, a person who is living in sin will usually be hesitant to step into the presence of God… knowing they will have to acknowledge their “weight” when they do. However, His presence is meant to call us OUT of sin, not to simply magnify it. His light is meant to call us OUT of our flesh, not to simply reveal it. Remember, He came so that we might have “life and life abundant…” He came to “make all things new.” Thus, His desire IS to make us new, He WANTS us to live a life filled with joy, peace, love, etc.
After the initial response to His light, repentance, I’ve found an obstacle that most believers repeatedly encounter, and the obstacle is this: the habit of being a “follower” of Jesus, but incapable of actually following Him because your gaze is elsewhere. A product of this is self-awareness… always aware of your imperfection—because you’re exposed—but never being rid of it.
In other words, when you aren’t focused on Jesus, you begin to focus on yourself. This is a strategy of the enemy. He will use anything to distract us… So long as our attention is on something besides Christ… he is satisfied. That’s why so many Christians are constantly evaluating their flaws, but never getting anywhere. When you are constantly looking down at yourself, you find yourself trying to “catch up” with Jesus instead of receiving the FULLNESS of His presence. His word says that if you seek His Kingdom, all these things shall be added unto you. That means if we seek Him, He’ll take care of the rest.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” Revelations 21:5
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33