This month’s topic is such a broad topic and one which one can elaborate on extensively and it is with great effort that I have finally decided to focus on this specific aspect of ‘Walking in Light’. It is generally accepted that the readers of this blog are Christians, so may you who truly strive to do our Father’s will, be challenged!
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” – Ephesians 5:8-14 (NKJV)
Firstly I want to start by placing your focus on the adverb ‘walking’- this illustrates an action. A conscious decision, it is not just something you decide once and then it is over with, instead it is a constant ongoing decision. Waking up each morning and deciding to do what we are called to. Choosing to walk in the light…
We live in a day and age where Christians are more and more prone to get confused with the world or the things of the world. I think we are generally unaware of how quickly and sadly, how easily, one can fall away. We are fed with a constant stream of worldly media, filled with bad language, offensive content and numerous misconceptions. Often we find ourselves absorbed in what the world has to offer and we forget where our ‘lines’ are to be drawn. Instead of being black and white, we fall into a state of grey matter.
We forget to be pure, holy, set apart unto God; we fall into a dark pit. A pit where we are told to do what pleases ourselves. Where we wonder why bad language, drinking and sleeping around is ‘so wrong’ anyway, I mean, where does it stand in the Bible? (HERE by the way: Eph 5: 3-7,Gal 5:19-21, 1 Pet 4:3-5, 1 Thess 4:3-6)
You might read this and be surprised, but I believe that if we are truly honest with ourselves we will each admit that this is true. How many movies can you name where there are wholesome content that truly uplifts the soul, ‘praiseworthy’? How many songs on the current top 20 list can you truly say are ‘pure’? How many magazines are ‘noble, or of good report?’ – (Phil 4:8) This you must be able to rate according to God’s standards, not the worldly ratings on IMDB or ‘Rotten Tomatoes’. I am certain that once we evaluate the things around us through God’s standards and not worldly standards, we will look at many things extremely differently.
“If we say that we fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” – 1 John 1:6-10 (NKJV)
[To be grey is a very dangerous place to be as we lose sight of what God commanded us in His Word.] We are told to be salt and light (Matt 5:13-16), to be examples of Christ’s character (fruit of the Spirit- Gal 5:22-23). This indicates that we ought to be DIFFERENT than the world. In 1 Tim. 4:12 we are told to be an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity!
The world is filled with darkness (John 3:19-21). All through the ages we have seen many examples of this, from Noah’s days through to Lot’s and Paul’s. In our day and age there is another factor added to the evil darkness, a pride and arrogance in being evil. As Christians this ought to shock and we ought to be aware of it and be willing to shine the light into the darkness.
However, how can one shine light into the darkness if you are in the darkness? In Matt 5:14-15 the illustration is given of a lamp being hidden under a basket, how then is it profitable to anyone? How can you impact your unsaved friends if you speak and act just like them? In that same section of Matthew we are told to be ‘salt’, salt flavours, salt preserves, salt creates thirst- a thirst that should be for the true ‘Living Water’ – provided by Jesus Christ.
A guy once wrongly quoted, ‘carpé notrem’ –translated from Latin into ‘seize the night’. However, we, as children of the Lord aren’t supposed to be in the night. Light and darkness don’t mix. We are supposed to be in the light. Walking in the Light and giving light to those around us. Jesus is our Lighthouse, the One who guides us and leads us.
“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” – John 1:9 (NKJV)
Embrace the light! Let us walk worthy of the calling and pursue the task at hand with the help of God. To make this practical:
1. Read your Bible to know what standard to measure the things of the world by. Don’t fall into a grey state!
2. Ask for godly discernment when choosing what to watch, read or listen to, how to dress and how to witness in your conversations.