John 3:16-21 (NLT)
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
Jesus is talking to a Jewish leader, Nicodemus, who had slipped away under the cover of darkness to visit Jesus. Jesus explained how Moses had put a bronze snake up on a staff and told anyone who looked at it that they would live after being bitten by a deadly serpent. God how now sent His son into the world that anyone who would place their faith in Him would live an eternal life without the judgment of sin. Those who want to do right will step out into God’s light, but those who want to continue in their evil ways will ignore God’s redemptive gift of life.
A survey found that 10% of American drivers are driving around with their CHECK ENGINE light illuminated. Half of those same drivers had been driving with the light on for more than 3 months. People offered many excuses for not attending to their car: they didn’t have time; it would be too costly; it’s not really a problem; it’s not as serious as it sounds. These people are in denial that the warning could lead to even a more serious problem. Unfortunately many people are like that about their spiritual lives. They offer excuses as to why they could not take the free gift of life God offers in His son Jesus. There is a denial of their sin and their need for forgiveness. They just don’t see how serious the problem really is and that their lives are headed for failure and destruction. Pray for those who do not know Christ and His free gift of Salvation. Pray your own lives would be the light that provides a warning signal to others. Pray your life would be a testimony of the goodness of Christ for others to see.