TITLE: What Do Your Deeds Reflect?
By Beckie Stewart
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John 3:21 says, "But he who practices the truth comes to the light that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (NASB)
Nicodemus comes to see Jesus one evening seeking answers because he already knows by what he has seen and heard that Jesus must be from God. We are not told the reasons that Nicodemus came at night but it could have been because he was a Pharisee and did not want his comrades to see him seeking Jesus with an open honest heart. It could be that after listening to Jesus speak during the day he was so anxious to receive some answers from Jesus he just felt like he could not wait until morning for his answers. Another reason he could have come at night was because the crowds were no longer gathered around Jesus and so Nicodemus saw this as an opportunity to get some good one-on-one time with Jesus to seek some answers from Him. Whatever the reason was that he came at night, we know he wanted some answers from Jesus regarding eternal life.
Jesus discusses the need for being born again and what that means and takes the discussion beyond just a belief but to how it is manifested in a person's life. Jesus talks about darkness and light and how the one who does evil hates the light because the light exposes their deeds. Jesus wants Nicodemus to know that when you are making truth the practice of your life then when the light comes and exposes your deeds they will reveal the way in which a person is allowing the work of the Lord to take place in one's heart and life. Jesus is letting Nicodemus know that whether salvation has taken place in the heart is reflected in the deeds that are done in one's life.
There is no shame in loving those that have been or are unkind and unloving toward us. W have no reason to hide the fact that the Lord enables us to respond with a soft answer to the one who has spurned us with their words and actions. There is no problem if someone sees us feeding the hungry, visiting those in prison, or helping the widow and the poor. We are practicing the truth of Jesus dwelling in us when we flee from anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, impurity, idolatry, strife, jealousy, and those things that cause dissension among one another. What better way to display the truth in us when a brother is caught in sin and instead of shooting him while he is down, we come and restore him to Jesus in the spirit of gentleness. Let us ask ourselves each day if we want to be caught doing what we are doing, and if we are unashamed before the Lord and others in what we are doing. How are we following the Lord today in the deeds that we are doing?
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