Focal passage: Ephesians 5:8-14
Christine Caine, an activist against human trafficking, spoke at a conference when I was in college and shared a story I’ll never forget.
Caine and her daughter, Sophia, were shopping for a flashlight. Sophia was thrilled with the one she’d chosen and, itching to go home, said to her mother, “Let’s go find some darkness!”
Their new flashlight was no use under the bright store lights; it would only serve its purpose within the contrast of darkness.
Believers have a new identity as “children of light” that are called to walk in obedience to the Lord as they learn what is pleasing and acceptable to Him (Ephesians 5:8-10). This means that anyone who does not know Christ as Lord and Savior remains in darkness.
Just like Sophia’s flashlight was indistinguishable among the incandescent store lights, missing its objective, the light Christ placed in us does not fulfill its intention when it fears exposing the darkness. Ephesians 5:11-13 reads, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
There was a time when we, too, were in darkness. Because of the Fall, everyone was born into sin, and whether we were 7 years old or 52 when we believed in the Lord, there was a time when there was no light in us either. Even still, having tasted the sweet salvation of Jesus Christ, we are not exempt from falling into sin. This understanding should lead us to humility, compassion for those in darkness and a deep desire to see the lost be found.
May we long to hear the Lord say unto others as He has graciously called out to us, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).