“Wake Up, O Sleeper…!”(Eph.5:11-14).
When the heavens and the earth were first created, “the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep…” The orderliness which God wants for the world came through his first creative word when he said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, which he saw that it was good, “and he separated the light from darkness…”(Gen.1:1-3).
Since then “light is necessary for making God’s creative works visible and life possible.”
Light symbolizes life and blessing. In Pauline usage light “illustrates God’s re-creating work in sin-darkened hearts.”
Until recently, all kinds of evils are perpetrated in darkness. And whatever (is done in secret) one does and does not expect other people to know is the works of darkness.
Whatever comes out of a person reveals what is hidden within, that is why a person’s heart is like a tree known fully only by its fruits.
The deeds of darkness are fruitless and not worth mentioning.
Paul tells us: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient to in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.”
Paul is addressing us who are already in Christ, but he knows that there are bad seeds amongst us or that conversion is a process. As for me the light in Christ has not pervaded all the orifices of my life; maybe in the same way it is for you too. God is still working on me to make me what I ought to be!
To the likes of us, it is not too late to make that full U-turn! Therefore, to us it is said, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Do not remain dead in sin when Christ the Light is here to shine on you!
Weekend prayer: Holy Spirit lead me away from presumptuous sins and let Christ shine on me. Amen!
Have a blessed weekend! Peace be with you!
Prayer point: Pray that the Holy Spirit should indwell us to shine the light of Christ in a world of sin.
Rev Babila Fochang.
“Arm Yourself With The Same Attitude Of Suffering In The Body…!”(I Pt.4:1-6).The emphasis of “Joy to the world…” at Christmas more often than not multiply