Balancing a checkbook can sometimes be a nightmare. You think you have been faithful to entering every check or debit made. You think you have entered every deposit. You work your way through the reconciliation process and to no avail. Your checkbook still doesn’t match the bank balance. It just doesn’t add up. Your short money and now it is time to pay bills. You look and look and still can’t see what is wrong and yet you know you can’t just write checks knowing you have an inaccurate balance in the checkbook. So what do you do? Do you write the check and risk it bouncing? Do you run out and take a high interest loan at a rip off place? Or does common sense tell you to keep on working on it until you get it to balance and then you can make a good decision?
In our walk with the Lord we need to be balanced. We need to be accurate. We need to have our lives matching His definition of what our life should be. We can’t have one thing going on in our lives, when God’s Word says that it is wrong. God is the Light and we are children of the Light. God is the truth and we are to be children of the truth. When are living lies in our life or walking in any bit of darkness, we are not being the children of God. God cannot have fellowship with us when we are busy pretending that we are living a right life and we do not obey Him. The Apostle John reminds of all this in I John 1: 5 – 6.
5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” and walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.
We can’t show up to church once and a while and smile our way through the message and say “Amen!”. That is not walking in the Light. We cannot cheat, steal, lie, cuss, hate, watch porn, listen to crummy lyrics in our music, party once a week or other ungodly things. To be children of the Light we need to be walking in the Light in every area of our lives. It is just common sense to realize that God Almighty, who is perfect and sinless in every way would not want to hang out with us, when we are walking in sin. It just doesn’t add up. So it makes even more common sense that if we want to be effective children of Light in this World, we need to be walking in the Light in every area of our life. We will be able to keep in fellowship with our Lord and grow in Him even more when we do so.
Now is the time, not tomorrow. Use some common sense and balance your spiritual checkbook!