Text:- For you were once darkness, but now You are light in the Lord. Live as Children of Light (Eph. 5:8).
In Christian theology, light symbolize holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, grace, hope and God’s revelation in contrast to evil and sin which stand for darkness. Light is so powerful that it is capable of dispelling darkness and thereby turning situations around for better; bring order out of chaos and virtue out of vice, it exposes evil deeds.
The Lord Jesus Christ devoted much attention to the need of his followers to live as the children of light (Matt. 5:13-16). The Epistle appointed for this Sunday reminds us Christians about the imperativeness of living as the children of light in this world. Living as the light of the world becomes necessary in view of the fact that:
(1) It is in living as the children of light that we can reflect the goodness of God to others. In other words, it is through living as the children of light that people can see God through us.
(2) It is in living as the children of light in the world that we can put our faith in action, as faith without work is dead’ (James 2:26)
As children of light in the world, we must be prepared to do the following:
(1) Live for the truth and speak out against injustice and man’s inhumanity to man in our environment.
(2) We must refuse to go along with the crowd
(3) We must not allow sin to dim our light
(4) We must live in peace and holiness
(5) We must do all we can to promote the gospel.
It must be stated clearly that doing this will attract to us some forms of persecutions because the world hates light and all these who stand for the light, we must be conscious, of the fact, however that, whatever persecution, and hardship that may confront us as we live as the children of light in the world, there is nothing in the world that can be compared with the glory that will be ours when the Lord Jesus Christ would reward these who lived as the children of light (Romans 8:18). Therefore, let us as we live as the children of light in the world focus our gaze on the Lord Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith who for the sake of the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2)
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D