When we live in the light of God, it may not immediately become evident that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). The “good work” in us has its roots in Christ and is more than doing good things for Him. The illuminating presence of Christ in our lives exposes whether or not we will commit to staying the course through good or bad. Will we endeavor to meet Him in all our circumstances? This commitment means that when we are in high places, we meet Him there. When we are in low places, we meet Him there. When confused and filled with anxiety, we meet Him there. And when at our wit’s end, when we lose all our courage and strength — we meet Him there (Psalm 139:7-12)!

When you feel there is no use in being righteous before Him or that the way is too lengthy and arduous, then with boldness come before the throne of grace that you might obtain mercy and find grace to help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16). “Boldness” can come in the form of a respectful, yet comfortable, confrontation with God our Father concerning our present connection to the sinful flesh, and the weight it bears on our hearts and minds every day (Psalm 139:1-4 & 73:21-28). No one in this world is sinless, even after becoming a Child of God. When we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9.

In John 3:21 Jesus says that the person who does the Truth steps into the Light. God’s children continue to hear His resounding words spoken to Adam and Eve in the beginning — “Who told you that you are naked (Genesis 3:11)?'” Humanity has been bumbling in their excuses for sin since the fall. Rather than continuing to answer with the obvious reasons, we must go beyond the questions about who made us sin or why we have sinned, and rely on the only answer that matters to keep us clean from sin — Jesus Christ and Him crucified!

When doing good works for Him, we should always be seeking His counsel in all aspects of our lives so that in all things He has the preeminence. What fruit do the branches have without the Vine (John 15:1-6)? Just because we bear fruit does not mean that it comes from us. We are healthy and productive when fully submitted to God. We are able ministers of God when stepping into His Light so that the exposure of our lives might translate into His great steadfast love for all who would call upon Him in spirit and truth (John 24:21-24).