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Ephesians Devotional—Week Five, Day Two (12/29/09)

Ephesians 5:8-14

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. {11} Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. {12} For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. {13} But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, {14} for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

The reason we must no longer live in darkness is that we are no longer darkness. We are now light in the Lord. We not only have light, we are light. This is because of the One who lives in us.

Light was made by God as His first creative act (Genesis 1:3), and originates from God Himself (1 John 1:5). Light is one of the most powerful properties in the universe, having the power to eliminate darkness. Just try it. Go into a dark room and try to get the darkness out. Use a broom, use a vacuum … nothing will work. But turn on a small flashlight, and the job is done. Darkness is gone.

Our lives in Christ are to be lived as children of light. Instead of the fruitlessness and shame of dark deeds, we reflect the fruitfulness and confidence of deeds that please the Lord.

As light drives out darkness, so waking up ends spiritual slumber. Believers who have been toying with the deeds of darkness need to wake up! We are the light of the world, Jesus said. We need to wake up and let our light shine (Matthew 5:14-16).

  1. What does it mean to live as light in the Lord? What are some characteristics of light which help you understand what this means?
  2. List some of the deeds of darkness in one column, and the opposite deeds of light. Meditate on the contrasts between the two lists. Which list have you been living in?
  3. Spend some time in prayer. Ask the Lord to make your life one that reflects Him. Determine—by the power of the Holy Spirit—to let your light shine for the benefit of others.
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