Scripture: from verse 8
For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light.
Observation: This is in the context of our behavior: we are to speak words of truth and thanksgiving instead of coarseness, gossip or obscenity; and we are to imitate God and live a life of love instead of pursuing immorality or greed. The writer is saying that our behavior needs to change because our nature has changed.
Darkness is nothing. I’m reminded of the verse in chapter four that said that the pagan ways of thinking are sterile. Darkness can’t accomplish anything, because it has nothing of its own. It is simply the absence of light.
Light, on the other hand…light can do anything. It can heat things, and cut things, and reveal truth and guide people home and make us safe. It never stops going, and it distorts the world around it if it needs to.
Without God, we are nothing. Empty and destitute. With God, we can dazzle and guide and color and focus and illuminate. With God, we will never run out of energy because He is the Source of all energy. With God, our nature changes and we have something to offer.
Application: Light accomplishes very little until it hits something. Even a laser sent through space isn’t visible unless it hits dust along the way. So we need to have move in the confidence of our changed nature. We need to be willing to bump into things.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for making me light. You are the Father of Lights, and I am honored to bear part of your power. Help me to use it as you want me to. Amen.