Children of Light
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” –Ephesians 5:8
Imagine if you will for a moment that you are in a room. This room is dark, enough so that you cannot even see your hand as you hold it in front of your face, and there is no light in it. You know where the switch is to turn on the light, so you reach out your hand and turn it on. Light floods the room and just as the room was full of darkness before and no light could be seen, now it is full of light and there is no darkness to be found. You hold your hand in front of your face again and now you can see it, when before you were unable.
This is an easy example to follow, but one that helps to provide substance to the scripture, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” (I JOHN 1:5) Now imagine again that you are in that very room, only it isn’t a room at all; it is the heart of Christ. My point? We tend to get so caught up in the darkness around us that we often forget that our dwelling place is absent of darkness entirely.
When we focus on things like our past sins, current mistakes, the evil and the wrong in the world around us, or anything negative for that matter we put ourselves in a position in which we cannot see the hand in front of our face because we are so focused on the darkness around us; likewise, when we live as the world lives and not as Holy Spirit teaches us to live, we cannot see the hand (i.e. ourselves, and who we really are). This is in fact the opposite of what He intends for us!
It is when we turn our backs on those things and set our sights on Him, in Whom there is “no darkness at all,” that we are able to see clearly and to see who He has created us to be. A vast number of people, one could even say most people in the world, spend a lot of time searching for purpose in a room that is too dark to find it. We have a promise that is greater! Our Father told us that He has revealed “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people,” (COLOSSIANS 2:6) turning on the proverbial light switch, that is the Spirit, and revealing to us things that were once hidden from us in darkness.
Of course, how could we possibly have anything revealed to us if we so constantly seek to remain in the room that is dark? How can we possibly see our hand, who we are, if we’re so caught up in living in the darkness that we once were that we never look to the light that reveals who we are?
I could go on with this example all day long and write thousands of words on it alone, but it shouldn’t take that to help anyone understand. The Spirit is living in us to help us with that understanding, so long as we are receptive and willing to act on what we learn; not having that very readiness to learn and willingness to obey is absolutely detrimental to our spiritual well-being. After all if you do not feed yourself, or take water when you’re thirsty, then eventually your body will shut down. What makes us think that our spiritual well-being is any different? As He said “do not quench the Spirit.” (1 THESS. 5:19)
If you light a candle and then cover the flame, the candle will go out because it is starved of oxygen and the room will darken. Like this, how can there be any light in our lives if we continually stifle the light that is in us by living disobedient lives and focusing on the things of the world instead of things that are above? Surely, I tell you that if you stifle the Spirit you will not hear from Him. It would be no different than plugging your ears or covering someone’s mouth with tape so that you can’t hear them talk.
That last example may seem a bit intense, but in reality that is what we do when do not set our sights on Him, seek His truth, and live obediently to His commands. Then we wonder why we don’t hear God, as though He has abandoned us when we are the ones that turned off the switch.
We could argue the intent and meaning of the scripture all day, and achieve absolutely nothing, but He said very plainly that “you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” The words “were” and “are” hold a great significance in this passage! Understanding the tenses (past, present, and future), He gives us clear and concise information on our state of being; we were one thing, but now we are another because He lived, died, and rose again to bring us into unity with Him. If we are in unity with Him, in Whom there is “no darkness at all,” then it is not wrong to say that there should be no darkness at all in us. If there is, then we are still living in darkness and are not really a part of Him because there is no darkness in Him at all.
Is this making sense? I hope that I haven’t lost you! To summarize I will use His words, “If anyone says ‘I know Him,’ but does not obey His commands they are a liar and the truth is not in them.” (1 JOHN 2:4) He is the truth as He has told us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (JOHN 14:6) If we say that we know Him, that we live within Him but we do not obey Him then He is not in us.
I dare not go too far into this right now, so as not to cover most of what is in this series in one article, but as we continue this I will discuss the importance of conduct and how it separates us from the darkness that we once were; essentially being a tell-tale sign of the children of light. I do plan on making a series of videos, likely on Facebook live, on this subject as well as soon as I am able!
I pray that this has blessed you, and look forward to sharing more with you all soon! God bless!