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Devotional - week of September 15, 2002


GOD’S PENETRATING LIGHTS

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light … Ephesians 5:8

Jesus said He was the light of the world. He also said believers are the light of the world. The Apostle Paul writes, “… you are light in the Lord.”

In Ephesians 4:22, 24 Paul writes that believers are to put off the old man and put on the new man. He follows with a list of specific features of the old man to be put off and of the new man to put on.

This command for believers to walk as children of light is a part of that list. That is, when believers put off the old man and put on the new man by experiencing our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, they will “Walk as children of light.”

The result of our “walk as children of light” is expanded in verse 11 when Paul writes that our light will expose the unfruitful works of darkness:

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.

The word expose reveals the powerful and penetrating light of the new man.

When he enters and spends time in an atmosphere of darkness, those in the darkness will become aware of their own sins. The exposure is not through words of the new man pointing out sins. The exposure is in the penetrating light of the life of the new man.

The Holy Spirit will use the exposure to bring some of those in darkness to repentance. Some believers who have strayed into, and for a season, have become a part of the darkness will return to a walk with the Lord. Some who have always been in darkness will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Knowing the power of being a penetrating light shining in the darkness is motivation enough for us to put off the old man, put on the new man, and walk as children of light.

All believers are new creations. We only need to live out the new creation life to be the penetrating lights Paul speaks of.