Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ephesians 5:8-14 Walk in the Light

KEY TEXT: Ephesians 5:8-14 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.

KEY THOT: John Wooden wrote: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” Paul makes a similar point when he draws a distinction between walking in the light and walking in darkness. He defines light as "anything that becomes visible" and darkness as "things that they do in secret." Before we knew Christ, we were in darkness--our deeds were shameful and hidden from others. But now that we are in Christ, Christ's light shines in us and all our dark deeds are exposed for what they truly are--evil and displeasing to the Lord. So, as children of light, we walk in the light to please the Lord: "Walk as children of light... try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord" (vv. 8-10).

But what does it mean to walk in the light? Paul gives us a clear guide: "for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true" (v.9). Light is doing what is good (as opposed to evil) and what is right (as opposed to unethical) and what is true (as opposed to what is false). Light has a moral dimension (good vs evil), an ethical dimension (right vs wrong) and a factual dimension (true vs false). When we do anything that is immoral, unethical or false, we are walking in darkness. And we cannot please the Lord while in that state of darkness, for we are now children of light. 

When we walk in the light, we've got nothing to hide--we become totally transparent because "light is anything that makes visible" (v.13). If we have skeletons in the cupboard, we need to bring them out in the light by confessing and renouncing them before the Lord (or even before others), so that we have no fear that one day someone might discover and expose our dark deeds.

Father teach us to walk in the light as children of light. Amen.

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