Ephesians 5:1-20; Ezekiel 14-15; Isaiah 44
If Paul could make one point stand out about the Christian faith it would be that we are saved by grace alone. We can do nothing to make God love us – He already loves us beyond what we can imagine. The death of Jesus on the cross for our sins makes that clear. The second point he would make, if time allowed, would be that when we enter into that relationship with God, we are also changed by grace. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8-10) Once we begin walking with God, we are children of the light and we are called to walk in the light. Jesus is the light that broke through the darkness we once lived in; He is the light that guides us to walk each and every day. He guides us to walk in goodness, righteousness, and truth. He guides us to understand what is acceptable to God. A song asks the question to those who claim to walk with Christ: “What about the change? What about the difference?” If we are truly walking with Jesus; if we have a relationship with God; if the Holy Spirit guides us; then there ought to be a change in the way we live because our inner beings are being renewed each and every day. And so Paul exhorts us to walk not in darkness, but in the light. May God grant us all the grace to walk in the light.
Dear Lord, it is so easy to slip into my old way of living and relating to others. Help me to walk in the light each and every day. Let the change in my life show Your love to others.