“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
By: Terrence Campbell, HCPN Functional Resident 2017-2018
April 4, 2018
It’s been said that the average person sleeps about a third of their life away. If a person lived to be eighty years old, with an average of 8 hours of sleep per day, that would be over twenty-six years of pillow-snuggling snoozing!
Physical sleep is necessary for a healthy body because it helps to rejuvenate us. However, a healthy spirit is one that is awake, alert and aligned with the light of truth. Sadly, over time many of us can become bored, casual and indifferent about our call to be “light in a dark world.” We live in a culture of comfort that often lulls us into a state of spiritual sleep-walking; but thanks be unto God for revival! Revival is God’s way of “turning the light on”, demanding that we snap out of our drowsy disposition, that we would lead others to the light of truth found only in Christ Jesus.
Paul challenges the church at Ephesus, ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light!” (Ephesians 5:8). Our job is to be awake and stay awake and lead a life governed by the truth of the Word, and not by the predominant perspective of the world system. From a grimy prison cell, Paul further urges the readers in Ephesians chapter 5, verse 11, that the children of the light should “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” God reproves darkness by the Light, (the truth of His Word), and He desires to use us to share this Light by living!
As we ponder the significance of this season, let us remember that we are the light of the world; that we are the salt of the earth. People that are “awake” emit a light so brilliant, that those that are asleep can’t help but notice. May the love of Christ burn so furiously in and through us, that others stand in awe of the God that we serve. Jesus said, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). Revival brings glory to God, and stirs the heart of those in darkness to seek the Light. It defies worldly wisdom and empowers us to walk in a way that honors our Daddy.
Heavenly Father, during these 50 days of prayer and reflection, may we as the body of Christ be stirred to walk as children of the light among our families, friends, co-workers and neighbors. May we discern the significance of the role that we play in the lives of others. Lord help us to depend on Your Word to make decisions and not popular opinions, because “Your Word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.” May we be spurred unto good works, inspired to love abundantly and extend kindness graciously to all that we meet. May the love that we have for You oh God, be evident by how we treat one another. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.