For at one time you were darkness, but now you are a light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)
For what can be said about a believer, the Christian, even myself? I look at the reflection in the mirror and stand perplexed at the person I see. They say that you are so used to seeing yourself, that you don’t or can’t see the beauty. Our smallest qualities or characteristics can be see by ourselves as flaws while they may be what makes us be “us”.
There is no lie, within us is a darkness that tries to overtake us. The world in itself shows us how cruel humanity can be or how selfish we can be. Though the night and day have the same time span, it seems that the world grows darker and colder. We all look or await the sun that will shine and show us a new day, no longer worrying in fear. As believers we become a light (matthew 5:14) yet this light, is not a light found within ourselves, but the light of Jesus. For God said “let light shine out of darkness..”(2 corinthians 4:6). The world covered by sin and death needed a light, a way for those that were lost, could find their way to life.
Now upon this knowledge, there is a call, because we as believers or merely as people entirely. It is because of what Jesus did, died for our sakes so that in him we have life, we no longer live for ourselves but live for him (2 corinthians 5:15). But what does all that entail? Jesus stated that the greatest commandment is to love God and to love thy neighbor. Paul describes walking in the faith as following the examples of Jesus, reflecting his image, his light. Amongst the the things the world may showcase and people imitate by the celebrities, the culture, we are dead in our old ways.
In the book of Galatians, we see that we have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ in me, we live now by faith (Galatians 2:20). To return to our old ways in sin would be to submit once again to a yoke of slavery that Christ has freed us from. We see the works of the flesh that we are to die from and are warned against in Galatians 5:19-21 but then we see the fruits of the spirit which we now should live by. For did not Jesus himself say, if we are to follow him we must carry our cross? We must put to death the patterns of the world and in turn repent and follow God.
It is easy to say or proclaim oneself a child of the light. Yet one can easily be puffed up and boast in our own religious self righteousness which has no power, that of works. But to reflect a light that is of Christ is to have a sincere heart leading many to his calling and love. For we cannot save people, only God can. We reflect his light, his image and in turn be a light in the darkest of places so that others see not who we are but he who is in us. Let us be renewed in mind and seek holiness (ephesians 4:23-24). Live for God, be a light, an example, becoming leaders as a servant of Christ but leading them to he who is Lord. Be blessed.