Light in Darkness

Being different can sometimes be tough. We don’t really want to be different, because often being different means we are in the minority.

I have two young children and one of my most often prayed desires for them is that being different because of Jesus will not bother them, or upset them, but will strengthen and encourage them.

But I know the heartache that comes from not fitting in. It takes incredible strength of conviction and character to stick by what you believe, whatever the cost.

And as we have read these later chapters in Ephesians, our differences with the world are becoming increasingly apparent.

 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not become partners with them;  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. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

We are different and we are called to be different. We have a different example, a different goal and a different eternity.

But we must make no mistake; the darkness is prevalent and can be overwhelming. But Paul encourages us to take action – we have seen so much already in this study through Ephesians that ours is not a passive faith. We have roles, we have responsibilities and we are called to being practical and active in our daily walk with God.

CHRIST

So Paul encourages us to seek after that which pleases the Lord. We are not in darkness anymore, so we don’t need to live as though we are! Our lights are on! Let us let them shine so brightly for all to see! And we have the Bible, the word of God to lead and guide us – how important it is we know it well so that we can understand how our lives must be lived and characterised, so that we can be careful not to fall prey to false teachers – of which there are many.

Be encouraged today; Christ will shine on you!

Thoughts for Today

 

  1. What does it mean to “walk in the light”? How can we make sure we do this?
  2. How do we make sure we do not find ourselves deceived by false teachings? What practical things can we do to arm and protect ourselves?
  3. What encouragement can you take from these verses?

 

Prayers for Today

 

  • Let us pray today for God’s protection and guidance, his leading and wisdom.

Grace and Love

Helen x

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