June 30th-Children of Light
Ephesians 5.8-14 “Live as children of the light.”
Focus Verse-Ephesians 5.8
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
Insight-It’s interesting that Paul leaves out a couple of words whose absence creates quite a wallop. First, he says that we “were once darkness” notice it doesn’t say that we were in darkness, but that we were darkness. We were a part of the darkness, the lostness, the rebellion. And then rather than saying that we are “in the light,” he says that we “are light.”
So we have a choice: we can be darkness, or we can be light. We can bring more isolation, confusion, destruction, lostness, etc. Or we can bring more light-goodness, generous living, moral integrity, and authenticity, just to mention a few things. In Matthew 5.16, Jesus says, “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” When we are doing good, redemptive things-when we are loving actively, giving generously of ourselves for others, our light shines bright and reveals to the people around us what God is really like.
The deeds of darkness are the things that are all about pleasing our selfish desires, whether physical or emotional. The deeds of light are all about serving others and honoring others above ourselves. As a result of living intimately dependent on Jesus, we ARE children of light, reflecting the heart of Jesus, the Light of the World, to the world around us.
Active Response-Today I will look for and embrace opportunities to shine the light of God’s love, grace and truth into the lives of everyone I come into contact with. Whether it be kind words, a quick prayer, a listening ear or a full-fledged act of service.
Loving Father, thank you for shining your light into my heart. Help me to give you the freedom to shine through me today and to bring your light to my world. Amen