"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8).
The theme of light and darkness is prominent all through the Bible. Darkness symbolizes Satan’s evil domain and the sinful deeds of those who do not obey God. It also represents the spiritual ignorance of those whose sin has blinded their eyes from the light of God’s truth (Ephesians 4:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4).
Light represents the holiness of God (1 John 1:5), who dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16). When we were saved, God made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of His glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).
He Himself is in the light, and believers are called to walk in the light (1 John 1:7). Walking as children of the light means we are to walk in an obedient lifestyle, demonstrating the fruit of the spirit in our actions and interactions with others.
Looks Like ...
A young woman went to her pastor and said, “I can’t stick it out any longer. I’m the only Christian in the factory where I work and I’m getting bullied all the time. It is more than I can stand. I have decided that I’m just going to quit my job.”
The pastor thought for a moment and then asked, “Can you tell me where they put the lights?”
“What does that have to do with anything?” the young woman asked him rather bluntly.
“Just bear with me and answer my question,” the pastor responded kindly. “Where did they put the lights in your factory?“
“I suppose every place where it was dark,” she replied.
“Yes, and that is exactly why God has placed you in that factory where there is such spiritual darkness and no other believer to shine for the Lord,” her pastor said. The young woman realized for the first time the opportunity that was hers. She became convinced that she must not fail in her assignment from God by leaving the place in such darkness. She went back to the factory with renewed determination to let her light shine. During the years she remained at the factory, she was privileged to lead nine other women to the One Who is Light.
Ask Yourself ...
Where in my world is there more light needed? Is there anything I can do differently to light up these places with the love of Jesus?