What do thieves and cockroaches have in common? First, they both work in the dark. Secondly, they scatter when the light is turned on.
My first encounter with cockroaches came when I was 16. I had heard about them, but had never witnessed a real live phenomenon. One of my friends asked me to accompany her into her house because it was dark and she was scared. I was dropping her off from a Sunday night church service and as we walked into the kitchen she flipped the light switch.
Instantly there was a massive movement from the center of the dining table where a butter cube was vulnerably perched on a dish. Little brown bugs were scurrying pronto in all directions leaping off the table like dive-bombers. All of them were frantically running under anything that could hide them from the light and the two big monsters. “What was that?” I asked. And nonchalantly, as though it were a very normal occurrence, she said the “C” word, initiating me into the new discovery of nasty brown bugs.
Since that crude beginning I have learned a whole bundle about cockroaches and all of it has not been good. Also, I have discovered that some people can have a cockroach mentality. Yeah, that’s nasty, but to tell you the truth there are individuals who prefer darkness over light so they can prey on the innocent or can live a debauched lifestyle under cover. And they will scurry to hide under anything that can conceal their activity.
One day, Jesus referring to this very subject said, “…Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hates the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:19-21).
I have discovered that people with a cockroach mentality love darkness rather than light, because they don’t want anyone to see their mischief. One of the quickest ways to get rid of a thief is to turn on the light and like a cockroach he runs for cover. But an honest person has nothing to hide and is not ashamed. His life is an open book to be read by all men. He is not looking for something to hide under. An honest person does not worry that a knock will come pounding on the door, but he lives a stress free life.
The absolute truth is that a cockroach can never change because he is what he is, but a person can change. Yes he can! He can change into a beautiful, loving, trustworthy individual. A cockroach can do nothing about his nasty character, but a person has the power of choice.
We can choose to hate evil and to love good. We don’t have to be addicted to anything, because we have the power of choice. We can call upon God to help turn from our ugly past and to become a new person. “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.” Today is not too late! For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.