Walking from a dark room to one that is well-lit can shock our senses. Our eyes squint, we move our hands to cover our eyes until they can adjust, and there is a tingling sensation all over our body. Once we adjust, we are okay. Coming from a life of sin to one of following after Christ can be a similar adjustment. We know we are doing the right thing, but we were much more comfortable in our past lives. Paul tells us to walk in the light.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”… “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Walk in the Light
The Ephesians had come from a pagan culture that catered to every pleasure. “If it felt good, then do it” was the day’s motto. Once they started following Jesus, it felt awkward. The light of God’s Word exposed their past life, and there was a temptation to hide in the darkness. Paul urges them to walk in the light. Break off that lifestyle and friendships that were unfruitful and dark.
Coming to Christ means we come out of the darkness and into the light. Sin shrouded us in darkness, and the blood of Christ removed that and brought us out into the light. Now we walk free from that sin and entirely in the light of the Son. Each day should be a daily walk in that light. In that light are truth, love, and grace. The light helps us grow and deepen our roots, producing fruit. So many benefits and blessings come with walking in the light.
Be On Guard
Be on your guard. The darkness still lingers out there. The drawback of our old life is still strong. It starts subtly but soon, we are battling the temptations to jump head first into old habits. We also start to avoid the light and those who walk in it. Jesus won’t let one of his children languish in the dark. He will expose and reveal those things you’ve which we are trying to hide. Running at this point is futile. The best thing to do is confess your sins and repent. If you are hovering near the darkness, take that step today and walk into the light.