Claims that Christianity is a faith that requires morality before spiriutality have been exaggerated. Although morality is important to the Bible writers it is seen to come from our Spirituality and not vice-versa. In the Bible our spiritual goodness comes before moral perfection. So, how we view Jesus and our spiritual walk with him is more a matter of our being than our doing. As we continue our journey with John, one of Jesus’ first followers, we see how the spiritual theme of light (spiritually good) and darkness (spiritually bad) are developed.

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.  1 John 1:6-10 (The N.I.V translation)

The heart of our spiritual walk is recognising our need to keep close to Jesus and the way we do this is by accepting we can’t keep up. For the Christian the person of Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s perfection and, as we look to him, we see ourselves in the light of his perfect life. The thing for us to do is to fully rely on God’s love for all humanity that brought Jesus to live among us. His life, death, and resurrection show us the way to eternal life and God wants a simple response from us, a repentant life.

What does that mean? It means embracing the humility to say sorry for what we do, and what we don’t do, in life that doesn’t measure up to God’s picture of perfection in Jesus. It means fully relying on him to keep us in the light of his grace and increasingly bring us out of the darkness. It means walking with Jesus each day and giving time to our spiritual life that is centred on him.

Lord of light and life, let my heart be humble before you today to accept where I do not measure up. Help the things that I do and say reflect your light and let me daily bring my life to you so that I may better walk in your ways. Amen.