Ephesians 5:11,13,14 - "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.....But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says. 'Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.' "
There is no greater contrast than between light and dark. When we walk into a dark room from the sunny outdoors, we can't see a thing at first. But, after standing there a moment, our eyes adjust and we can move around. Or, when we move from a dark room to standing outside in the sun, the contrast can be unbearable. But again, our eyes adjust once we stand in the light a
We as Christians have been called from the darkness into the light. We could say we have been rescued from the darkness into the light. The spiritual contrast between light and dark is striking. There is no doubt we left the darkness, but after a while, we peek back at our former lives and think, "Well, that's not so bad." And slowly, we creep back into the things of the darkness.
We don't always think, "I'm going back into that darkness." Sometimes it's a slow drifting process that takes us so slowly from the truth that we don't even notice the difference. Then one day God opens our eyes and we realize we've strayed far from the light into the dark. Now what?
First, we are to not have any fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Sometimes we think the things of the dark have something to offer, something we just can't live without. But the darkness is altogether unfruitful. Rather than make excuses as to why it's okay to participate in
the things of the darkness, we should expose the darkness.
Next these verses tell us, "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." It's easy to fall asleep in the dark. Maybe we have fallen asleep to spiritual things and we need Jesus to turn on the lights.
Lord, help us to come out of the unfruitful darkness and walk in the beauty of Your marvelous light!