The last two weeks I’ve talked about Christians as lights and working together in unity. This week I want to jump backwards and talk about a verse we covered in Part 1 of this series. Ephesians 5:8-9 “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)”
Notice how this verse defines what walking as children of light actually means. See, the thing about making a difference is that you actually have to be different.
We have to know the truth and make sure it is what we are living and proclaiming as light.
1Jo 1:5-10 “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have 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.
We need to make sure that what we are bringing to this world is the Light of Christ. Because we can attract attention and make a big show for a counterfeit source of light. We can even convert people to our way of thinking, but if we are deceived ourselves about what light is and who, we will find ourselves and them still in darkness. “…for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2Co 11:14 (NIV)
John 8:31 “Then Jesus said…,’If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”
(Note: All Bible passages are NKJV unless otherwise specified, and all bold emphasis is added)