“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 NKJV)
Paul continues his contrast between the right way to live in Christ, and the evil nature of the world. After a list of actions and attitudes that indicate a life apart from Christ, he put it bluntly: this is the darkness of how you used to live, but now you are light in the Lord. If we’re light, we should be living as children of the light. We shouldn’t be hiding our deeds, but we should be exhibiting and discovering goodness, righteousness, and truth. Jesus noted that you don’t hide a light under a bushel, and while Paul didn’t use that phrase explicitly here, it correlates well with that teaching.
Do you remember what life was like before you came to Christ? Even though I came to Christ a long time ago, I remember the darkness in my life. Oh, I could point out some of the ways I was living right, but I still walked in the darkness of my own desires. I didn’t care about anyone but myself and God certainly had no part in my life. When I developed my relationship with God through Jesus, things changed. I found ways to serve others and show them God’s love instead of finding ways to use others to satisfy myself. I experienced HIs peace and presence in my life. The ultimate paradox is that the more I served others and grew closer to God while doing that, the more personal joy I experienced. All that I tried to accomplish living in darkness happened as I walked in the light. If you haven’t developed a friendship with God through Jesus Christ and learned to walk in the light, I can tell you from my experience that there’s no greater joy than walking in the light of God’s love.
Lord, thank You for bringing me into the light and giving me far more joy in life than I could have ever imagined. I pray that all who read this will soon walk in Your light if they aren’t already. Let all experience more joy in Your presence every day.