Taking my place in the row of treadmills at my local gym I set my Ipod to high. I hoped to block out the hiphop music blaring from the gym’s sound system. Now content with the sounds of Lenny LeBlanc’s “Above All” I quickly face another problem. The music in this gym is accompanied by video which assaults you from about any place you happen to be in the gym (even in the locker room). I try not to look, but a television set on in any room catches one’s eye. What I see, more often than not, is semi-pornographic. I turn my volume up and look toward the outside window.
After reading today’s passage from 1 John I could see this was an opportunity to CHOOSE to walk in the light. John says we face such choices everyday. Now if one claims to have fellowship with God and yet continually chooses to walk in the darkness they are only kidding themselves (v.6), but that does not mean that God’s children of light aren’t faced with the option to turn down a dark alley about once a day or more.
When I hear the phrase: “Walk in the Light” it is tempting to think it is a walk in the park. I mean, those that walk the straight and narrow aren’t really tough enough to make it in the “real” world, right? C. S. Lewis once weighed in on this topic: “A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. … A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later… Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means – the only complete realist.” (Mere Christianity, pp. 124, 125.)
The reward of this tough walk is fellowship with the father and with other believers (v.7), so… keep your ipod volume on high, keep your eyes straight ahead, and continue your walk in the light.