Ephesians 5:8-14 (ESV)
8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
So, what is your story? When did you leave the darkness, and join the light? Are you still a part of the darkness? Are you straddling the darkness and light, having one foot in each? What is keeping you in the darkness? Is it pleasure or fear? Is it the unknown?
When we as Christians enter the light of Christ, we become free. No longer do we have the shame of the darkness but feel joy that we are free from the bondage of death. True life begins once we step out and smell the roses as the expression goes. The Light transforms us into being like Christ. We slowly want more and more of Him to the point of wanting to be like Him. The Light transforms us into beings that have hope instead of beings of pleasure. God designed us to always stand in the light, but the struggles of the flesh drag us from the light into darkness.
Through this Lenten season, we must analyze where we are in the spectrum. Are we barley stepping into the light? Are we deep in the darkness? Are we straddling both the Light and the dark? Or are we living faithfully in the Light? Where ever you are, God will always be there to pull you out to the Light. It just takes trust in Him.
God I am sorry that I have chosen the darkness over you. Please God help me to desire your light and freedom. God take away my desires of the flesh and illuminate me in the light of Christ. Amen.