In the physical world there are often tangible things that have a counterpart in the spiritual world. There is the bread we eat, and there is the ‘Bread of Life’ (John 6:48). There is the water we drink, and there is the ‘Water of Life’ (John 7:38). Again, there is light, and there is the ‘Light of The World’ (John 8:12). In the same manner, I propose to you that there is ‘Sun’ Screen and then there is ‘Son’ Screen.
In my younger years, I spent many happy hours working, playing, and just hanging out in the bright sun. I tanned easily and seldom got a sunburn. The passing of years has brought about a major change in my time in the sun. Health problems have necessitated a regimen of medication that carries side effects. Now, I must avoid any significant exposure to bright sunlight. When I need to be out and about in the sun, I must wear a protective ‘sun screen’.
There is a spiritual corollary here. Unfortunately, there are things in life that can screen out the the Son of God, the Light of Life. His light is essential to eternal life. The great ‘Son’ blocker is sin. Sin darkens and sickens the soul. Until personal responsibility for sin is acknowledged, confessed, and forgiven, the light of Christ cannot shine into a life. Jesus said, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23).
The sin that screens out the Light of the Lord manifests itself in many forms. The list I offer is not meant to be exhaustive, but simply illustrative: unbelief, doubt, self-centeredness, pride, bad companions, seeking the pleasures of sin, sexual immorality, covetousness, dishonesty, and the list could go on. Now, for the good news of the gospel, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:9). With our sins forgiven, there is no longer a Son screen. We are free to spend our days working, playing, and hanging out in the ‘Light of the Son’.
Prayer: Lord, be “my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1). May there be nothing in my life that screens out the Son.
~ Brother Roy