The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. (James Allen)
Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Practice living the truth because you come to the light; and this through waiting on God.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. (John 3:20-21, NKJV)
A contrast is character is presented in this passage between the one who practices evil and the one who does the truth. Jesus speaks about how people really are in the sight of God, and eventually in the sight of men. Their character determines who they are and their deeds, or their everyday practice, are done because of who they are on the inside. Habits are formed by doing the same thing over and over again. Waiting on God over and over again develops the habit of living in, and by, the truth of the loving Father. If you do not practice living by the truth you will go the way of the world and live by error. Contrasts in Scripture point to individual choices we as humans come face to face with in normal daily living.
For everyone who practices evil. Jesus states there are no exceptions to the rule as He uses the phrase everyone who. Your character always and is clearly revealed through what you practice, or do day in and day out. The Greek word for practice used here means to do, to make; and expresses what one does repeatedly, continually, and habitually. There is effort expended in practicing and we have the modern illustrations of learning an instrument, or being efficient in your job, or performing well in sports. You cannot get better at something without practicing; it just does not work that way. This Greek word for practice also has a meaning to perform in general, expressing an action as continued or not yet completed. Continuously and forever is the concept of this word. The choice is clear: practice evil or practice the truth of God.
Hates the light and does not come to the light. The logical progression from practicing evil is to hate the light. Darkness cannot hide in light because it is prevented from doing so. If your character loves the dark side it will repel from the things of God. Do you want to be sensitive to the Lord? Do you want to have character that is contrary to the evil of this world? Become a lover of the light by loving God and waiting on Him with great hope.
Lest his deeds should be exposed. The true reason the person who practices evil hates the light is because he knows his deeds are evil and are contrary to the ways and will of God. The light exposes all it shines upon and brings even the smallest of details into plain view of the one observing. Do you harbor secret sin? Are there things in your life in which you do not want others to see? Every evil deed is hidden in the dark. It takes courage to approach the Light of the world and be vulnerable to exposure. True character is built in the light. Practice spending your time in the light and let God bring every evil desire, thought, and action into plain view, destroying them in His presence. Practice His presence in your life by waiting on Him with hope.
He who does the truth comes to the light. This is where we have been leading the disciple to go. Notice the ordering: he who does the truth first then comes to the light. Character determines direction of the walk. Character is developed by waiting on the Father daily. A person of Christian character is naturally drawn to the light. The effort expended is rather simple when your character waits on God and is led by the Holy Spirit. Wait on God, develop character, and come to the light.
That his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. All deeds are exposed to the light and the disciple is commanded to let his deeds be seen by all because it glorifies God and are done in His name. Good deeds should not need to be hidden. Character is an open book others view if you want them to or not. Practice waiting and then there will be no fear of the light, and in fact, you spark the love of the Light of the World and glorify your Father in heaven. Our hope is to see you, the disciple, recognizing the truth, thereby finding the paths of truth that will lead you to His way – the light.
Pray for your character development today. Ask the Lord to place on your heart the necessity of waiting upon Him for the glory of the Kingdom of Light. Ask the Father to lovingly expose your sin issues and to practice godly, Spirit-led living starting today. Daily practice makes perfect.
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:10-14, NASB)