Recently, while in the car traveling from a prison back to the building for evening service, an itch on my nose required some attention.  Relieving the itch was no problem, however, the result was less than desired.  Let me explain.

       You see, a chocolate and oats fiber bar had been consumed and, unbeknownst to me, some of the chocolate that was slightly melted was on the finger that scratched my nose to relieve the itch.  So, yes some of the chocolate was on my nose, about a half an inch long on the very front of my nose. 

    Fortunately, as I was getting out of the car, I glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed the rather obvious stain of chocolate that had been placed on my nose inadvertently.  After cleaning it off, there was no further evidence that chocolate had been consumed.  

Sometimes, people may think that no one can notice or know that they are living in a sinful matter.  There is no obvious signs of it on their face or in their life.  But, like the big smudge of chocolate on my nose, that is how sin looks to the God of Heaven.  We cannot hide anything from Him.  He is all seeing at all times. 

Psalms 11:4  The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

Hebrews 4:13  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

    We may be able to deceive others and even convince ourselves that our behavior is okay or acceptable to God.  If we truly are honest in our self evaluation of our activities, words and thoughts, then we will do our best to do the right thing. 

James 3:13  Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

While cleaning the chocolate off my nose, it was a reminder that God through the blood of Jesus cleanses faithful Christians as long as they are doing their best to live in the light.  The light of God in Christ is how we should be conducting ourselves each and every day. (see 1 John 1:5-9)