Ephesians 5:8, 15-16 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
I knew I couldn’t limit myself to just one verse out of this passage! All of this is not simply very important truth, it’s extremely practical as well. Verse 8 brings out the important factor that before Christ, we are darkness. That perhaps sounds overly dramatic but it is very true. It’s not that unsaved people are incapable of doing good, but rather that such things are out of character for them. However, as John declared, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) Once we surrender ourselves to Jesus as Lord, we too become light, or rather”fiber optics” that transmit the light of God. That’s why Jesus could say, “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14) Here Paul is saying simply, “Live like what you are, not like what you used to be.” In 15 and 16, he is telling us to be careful about it. We need to face the facts: we aren’t wise in ourselves. We need to seek and accept the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit every moment of our lives. If we will do that, we will be wise! Part of that is making use of the opportunities God gives us to act as His agents, destroying the works of the devil and bringing people into life and wholeness. (Luke 4:18-19) If we try to do that in our own strength we will fail, but if we are sensitive and obedient, God will do it through us. Such “divine appointments” are delightful and marvelous indeed.
This is something I’ve known theoretically most of my life, but I’m still learning to live it out consistently. I have trusted in my own intellect far too much, which has kept me from being wise. As James said, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17) That’s how I want to live! I recognize scraps of darkness still in me, so I need to expose all of me to the purifying light of God. I am in a position where other people look to me for teaching and guidance. I am never to think that I am up to the task myself, but walk in humble obedience all the time.
Father, thank You for this reminder, in keeping with Your overwhelming grace toward me. Thank You for Your anointing as I recorded three messages yesterday for CGN-TV. I pray that those messages would touch each person who sees/hears them. Thank You for all that You have planned for me today, teaching in the nursing school this morning and doing premarital counseling this afternoon. May I be Your agent toward everyone I encounter, leading them to You for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!