Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Light in the Night

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8 CSB)

Night life has a strong appeal to many. Something about it attracts them, like a moth to a flame. They find it enjoyable, even relaxing. And it can be that. There is only one reason they find it enjoyable, however, and that is because we have devised ways to light up the night. We’ve discovered electricity and what that can do for the night. It provides light. Pull the plug, and much of the night life goes away. The more light at night, the more life at night. You do see the connection, don’t you? Life? Light?

At one time we were the darkness. We weren’t just IN the darkness, we WERE the darkness. What great sorrow that was, and what great sorrow it created, for ourselves and others as well. We were blind to the darkness. We didn’t see it because we were the darkness. What a terrible sorrow!

But all that has changed for us now. We were darkness. NOW, we are light. Jesus came. He died on the cross for our sins. He was raised from the dead. And we have believed in Him as our Lord and Savior. In doing so, the Holy Spirit came and energized us. He flipped the switch, so to speak. We became light. What a great joy that is! Our sorrow has turned into joy, all because of what Jesus has done for us. Like an electric current, His grace has flowed into us and has lit us up. Now we are the light of the world because of His light in us.

Now, we can light up the night that others live in. We can help them find their way to the Lord. The key to that is to live as children of the light, to express a life of goodness, righteousness, and truth. May each of us live our lives today in such a way that others see all of this and glorify God.

Lord, You have turned us from darkness into light by the power of Your grace. We thank You, and we ask You now to use that light in us to influence others toward You, so they may know with us the significance of turning sorrow into joy. Amen.

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