It’s a commonly held belief that cockroaches are the only creature that would survive a nuclear holocaust. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know. Maybe we’ll have to wait and see…
They are certainly one of the most unpopular creatures on earth. I don’t know anyone who is not disgusted by the thought of cockroaches in their house – and horrified at the prospect that friends might see cockroaches when they come to visit.
This reaction is prompted by the belief that cockroaches are filthy, disease-spreading animals that thrive on our mess. The presence of cockroaches, then, must be an indicator of poor hygiene.
No doubt, every home has many more cockroaches than there are ever seen. For they rarely come out into the light, preferring to stay hidden in dark corners, and scurrying back there when exposed.
Just like us humans when we sin…
John wrote in his gospel, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” [John 3:19-20].
I know from personal experience that John speaks truth. In the days before the Lord rescued me, I too hated the light; I too refused to come to the light. For I didn’t want the shameful things I was doing exposed for the world to see.
That’s the bondage of sin. And the deceitfulness of sin. Paul wrote, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” [2Cor 4:3-4].
A blind man can’t see the light, and Satan is committed to keeping as many people as possible blind, stopping them from seeing the light of the gospel.
Sadly, that is the state every person is in from birth, thanks to Adam (or should I say, “No thanks, Adam!”).
Speaking for myself, I was blind – and I think I knew I was blind – but I also had no desire for light. I didn’t want to give up my sin, my rebellion, my selfishness. I liked my sin too much.
But I was perishing. I faced nothing but judgment and condemnation.
“But God…” How I love to come back to that simple phrase. But God took my blindness away. But God opened my eyes to the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. But God took out my hard, stubborn, rebellious heart, and put in a heart that longs for Him, that longs to please Him, that longs to serve Him and not myself.
But God gave me a faith that saves and sustains, that brings peace and joy, that encourages and strengthens. But God gave me a desire to come to the light – however haltingly I may do it – for cleansing, refreshing and renewal.
“But God” is the only hope for those who are blind, perishing, condemned (already). And the solution is so simple: Believe in the only Son of God, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned…” [John 3:16-18a].
Would you do that today? Would you put your trust in the only One who can rescue you from darkness, who will rescue you from condemnation?
Would you put your trust in Christ? Your eternal destiny depends on it.