When we walk outside on a hot summer day, rarely are we concerned with the question, “When did the sun rise?” Unless we listened carefully to the weather report in the morning, we don’t really know exactly when it rose. We know the approximate hour, but not the exact moment. However, we feel its heat. We see its light. We can squint into its surpassing brightness. And we can say, “I’m not quite sure when the sun rose, but I know that it rose, because the sun is up.”
You can apply this to our Christian lives. There are many Christians who are constantly thinking about the day they were converted to Christ. It becomes their consuming focus. They tell others of the day they repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus. It even becomes their assurance. “I know that I’m a Christian because of what happened on such and such a day.”
However, the distinguishing mark of a believer in Christ isn’t a prayer that was prayed on a day that can be recalled with joy. Rather, the distinguishing mark of a believer is that Christ is a reality in their lives. They sorrow over their sin. They feel His heat. They walk in His light. Well might they say, “I can’t tell you the exact day and time that I believed. But, I sure can tell you that Christ is a real presence in my life. The sun is up!”
“If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).