Do you ever wake up some days and feel like you missed a day? Somehow I wrote on Ephesians 5:15-20 before writing on Ephesians 5:9-14. So today I’m going back to our discussion of light and dark and Paul’s admonition to us to be ‘Children of the Light’. In verses 9-14 Paul gives us more information about what living in the Light of Christ means and what we can expect in our lives because of the light He gives us.
“For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Paul instructs us that right living pleases God and that we should expose, avoid and to try not to take part in anything ungodly. The light of truth in Christ will expose the things of darkness and make everything visible. He concludes with a common hymn of the day to illustrate his point. The Ephesians (us too) were dead without Christ but coming to faith in Jesus brought them (us) into His light. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, His light can be seen in me.
Strive to do what is good, right and true in the name of Jesus knowing that those behaviors, deeds and actions are pleasing to God and will shine His light into the world around you. Be that light today!