Children of Light
Day: 13 | Plan: Christ Alone
Today’s Reading: Ephesians 5
Ephesians 5:8-10 (NIV) “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the LORD.”
When I was a kid, I loved playing hide-and-seek. I rarely enjoyed being the hider though, because I didn’t enjoy the feeling of being concealed in darkness, away from the light and out of sight from the one who was searching for me.
In Ephesians 5 the Apostle Paul instructed the believers to consider the dramatic contrast between darkness and light. He boldly shared a new truth and command: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
Paul goes on to say that as children of light they were to live and act in ways that were good, right and true. To purposefully do what pleases God and to separate themselves and also expose any deeds of darkness. (Ephesians 5:13)
The idea of contrasting darkness and light didn’t originate from the apostle Paul, it began with God … in the very beginning. Do you remember the first words God spoke when He looked at the formless, empty earth where “darkness was over the surface of the deep”? He said, “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:1-4).
Just as God’s first agenda was to bring light into the darkness of His new creation, He also brings His light into us when we first become a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God doesn’t just create light or cast light into an object. He is light. (1 John 1:5)
Jesus doesn’t simply share God’s light with the world. He is the light of the world. (John 8:12)
As Christians, we not only get to experience God’s light and personally know Jesus, the light of the world, but, because we belong to God and are in Christ, we become His light – children of light – to a very darkened world. (Matthew 5:14-16)
We should no longer be pressed down by the weight of darkness, because God has rescued and freed us to live as His children of light. (Colossians 1:13-14)
The question we must ask is this: How good are we at separating ourselves from the sinful habits that try to woo us back into the darkness? Are we concealing them in hopes that no one will find out? Have we convinced ourselves that what happens in the dark places is also hidden from God? Or are we allowing the Holy Spirit to help us expose them so that they won’t diminish our light? (Ephesians 5:11-12)
Are we shining the light of God towards others through our right thinking, truthful speaking and good deeds? Are we illuminating the love of Jesus in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, coffee shops, churches and workplaces?
Our world is a darkened place to live. That is why we must let the light of Jesus that glows within us shine brightly around us, so that others will see His goodness through us and respond by glorifying our heavenly Father.
Let us be forever known as illuminators of His light, not concealers of it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are light and there is no darkness in You. It’s true that I once lived in the darkness, but now I can rejoice because Your light shines brightly in me and through me to a darkened world. Help me to live as Your child of light – walking in the truth of Your Word, the righteousness of Christ and the goodness of Your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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