EPHESIANS 5:8-12: “For once you were darkness, but now in union with the Lord you are light. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them— for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that are done by them in secret.” TLV
OBSERVATION: What does it mean to walk in the light? What does it mean to be children of light? Jesus, in His sermon on the mount, said,
- “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 TLV
As children of God through faith, we are called to be children of light. Therefore, it is important to understand what it means to walk in the light.
The first wrong turn that is easy to make is to begin to compile a list of what it means to walk in the light. When we do this we begin to ever so subtly cast a net for our feet. Any return to the law will always produce the opposite of what we are trying to accomplish. When we place ourselves under a system of rules and regulations, we forfeit the grace of God, and lay a snare for our feet. We will surely trip up and fall.
Then how does a child of God walk in the light? How do we shine as lights in the midst of a dark and perverse world? It is not about following a list. It is all about cultivating our relationship with the Lord through the Spirit. Paul writes in these verses,
- “For once you were darkness, but now in union with the Lord you are light. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”
It is in our union with Christ, through the Spirit, that we become light. As we abide in Christ, as we feed upon His Word, as we spend time with Him in worship and prayer, we find our light shining brighter and brighter. In fact, it is not our light at all. Rather, it is the light of His life that begins to shine through us. His heart becomes our heart. We find ourselves naturally walking in the pathway of light and love through the leading of the Holy Spirit. As His love burns ever brighter in our hearts we become a beacon of His light to a darkened world.
However, there is a deceptive plan of the enemy to dim our light. He is always trying to lure us back to our former way of life. In our moments of weakness he strikes. This is what Paul warns the Ephesians,
- “Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them— for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that are done by them in secret.”
We must resist the enemy firm in our faith. We must rise up in the power of the Spirit and walk away from all the temptations and traps that the enemy sets before us.
Yet, there is one additional trap we must avoid. That is the trap of curiosity. There is something in our old nature that makes us curious about the things of darkness that we do not know. Paul calls us to resist the temptation to “check them out.” Rather, we are called to expose them. And, we are not to even mention or learn about the things that are done in the cover of darkness. Wisdom and discernment are needed.
The enemy will try to convince us that we are just learning about these “hidden things” so that we can resist and expose them, or help others to resist them. This is self deception. Paul’s call to expose them is not to learn about them, it is to simply let our light shine. You don’t need to understand everything that is in the darkness to expose the darkness. All you need to do is shine a bright light. As we live in the presence and power of Christ, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we naturally expose the works of darkness through our lives. As the fruit of the Spirit is growing in our lives it stands as a stark contrast to the works of the flesh (darkness).
It is this light that both protects us and draws men and women to Christ. Is it any wonder why the enemy tries to dim our light? When we shine brightly we stand as a lighthouse to a fallen and dying world. When our light is put under a bushel the pathway to life is concealed. We need to shine forth as children of light! We need to allow Jesus to live through us in all goodness, righteousness, and truth!
Lord, this morning, help me to let my light shine. Give me wisdom and discernment to avoid the pitfalls and the traps that are set to extinguish Your light in my life. Let me shine forth brightly in the power of Your life and love. Holy Spirit, draw me ever closer to the true light of life, Jesus Christ my Lord!
In Jesus Name!