Saturday, November 10, 2018
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
When I look at my life, it’s hard for me to fathom how once I was in darkness but now I am as light in the Lord. My perspective is so self-centered that it’s hard for me to step far enough away to see God’s perspective. What Paul is saying here is that in Christ, God has declared that we are light in the Lord. God has blessed us with that designation, as we put our trust in Christ our savior. The darkness is our life before we came to know Jesus and call him savior, the kind of life where we trusted in ourselves rather than him.
“But now” changes everything. We are light in the Lord, so therefore, it’s on us to live according to the blessing God has given us. Live in goodness, righteousness and truth. This is a shortened list of the fruits of the Spirit (the longer list is in Galatians 5 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Maybe it’s too much for me to focus on more than one attribute of God’s light, so perhaps I can choose to try today to live even one, whether goodness or righteousness or truth. I think I’d rather be good than right, but it’s always good to be filled with God’s truth. Because then I don’t presume I have the truth on my own.
Can you take the challenge? Live today as a person of God’s light, as God guides you to do so. May God’s light be made real in you, as you endeavor to live out God’s goodness, righteousness and truth.
Lord, I praise you to realize that you have called me a child of light. This is not my light but yours, given to me by faith in our savior, Jesus Christ. Help me not revert back to the darkness where I once dwelled before coming to know you. Instead, let me be drawn to your light of goodness, righteousness and truth like a moth that cannot help but hover near. Let me live in your light, keeping my eyes on you. For this I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.