Read Ephesians 5.8-14

                For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light– for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

 

From Rev. Dr. Gregory Widener, Huntington, WV

One of the big themes of the epistle to the Ephesians is the idea of the Christian life as a “walk.” In other words, the Christian life is not just a set of doctrines or principles, but it is a way of life—lived unto God and manifested in the world. In idolatrous religions, believers were required to bow down to their gods and make sacrifices to idols, but much of life was free from any rule or regulation. No set of scriptures came with most of the ancient gods of early history. Each person lived as they thought best.

But in the Judeo/Christian heritage a body of scriptures informs us of what and how God would have us live in daily life. Furthermore, the way that we live our lives must be exemplary to non-believers. We must live our lives fully aware that we are “sermons in shoes.” We must walk with God and our neighbors every day.

Not only must our faith be as large as life, but we are to walk in God’s light (truth).   Light always defeats darkness. Light always “lights up” darkness so that darkness may be defined simply as the absence of light.   Jesus said “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” We may live our lives confident that wisdom and truth of God has been revealed to us in Jesus of Nazareth, and that God’s truths will ultimately defeat the darkness of the world. There is a favorite chorus of mine in the Chalice Hymnal entitled “We are walking in the light of God.” This Lenten period, let us do so.

 

Gracious One, help us to open ourselves to the light of your love,

that we might share your love with others.

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