Light or Dark?
I recently had an eye opening experience with an optometrist. When asked if my vision had changed since my exam two years ago, I excitedly reported that I could see very well. Humbly, the optometrist said, let’s confirm that.
To my dismay, the optometrist informed me that the exam proved my vision had actually gotten worse. Stunned, I began to think about my time at work. I recalled that I no longer recognize faces from far away as I walk our massive hallways. In fact, I stopped trying to make out faces and adjusted to the blur of darkness when people approached me from a distant.
This revelation caused me to think about my spiritual life. Were there other ways in which I had adjusted to darkness?
The word “tolerance” came to mind. It’s a buzz word these days. But what am I, what are we as Christians tolerating in our aim to appear normal. Are we adjusting to darkness?
We must be vigilant in our efforts to not only walk in the light, but to be “light”. “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10 NASB)
So how can we be Light? Just what does that look like? I’m glad you asked. It’s just like Jesus to not only tell us what we should be, but to also tell us “how”.
Are you ready?
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” (Ephesians 5:1-4 NIV)
Let’s not adjust to darkness in efforts to be “tolerant” in a society that calls darkness light and light darkness. “Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Ephesians 5:11-14 NLT