Ephesians 5: 8-11 – “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light. For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”- NLT
The closer and closer we get to election time, I am reminded of how far we have fallen as human beings. It does not take a lot of effort to find the name calling and the political pushes of our day and age, whether online or on television. We have been pushed by our media usage to have a desire to be right and using social media as a cover to say what we want without acknowledging who we might be offending. We can easily find ourselves not being very “Christ-like” in the midst of an argument, or our desire to be right.
Paul noticed something very similar in the church at Ephesus. He knew that they had accepted and believed the message of Christ rising from the dead to conquer sin and death on their behalf, but the pulls of the government and the unrest in their society would leave them in a state of not acting like “Christians”. They needed to be reminded of their citizenship.
We are not called to store up treasures here on earth. We are not called to have all of the good things here on earth. We are called to bring heaven to earth. In the Lord’s prayer, which we pray every week, we use the phrase, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Jesus knew the importance of attempting to bring heaven to earth. It is the only way in which we can effectively change our circumstances and also accept the call that God has placed on our life as image bearers.
We were all once, or still are, full of darkness. Now we must allow the light of Christ to dwell within us so that the world might see His light. This light of Christ produces what is good and right and true. We must make sure to not allow ourselves to get caught up in the darkness, but to cultivate this life with Christ so that our light outshines the dark. This month we will take a look both as people and a church on how we can make “Living In The Light” a point of purpose to help the world around us.
~ Pastor Mike