Light Versus Darkness
Verse 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
To be true keepers of the Sabbath we need to cease from being like the world and being so entrapped by its ways.
This passage in Ephesians points out some things pretty clearly about our world and how easy it is for us to assimilate (act just like) the world. Over the years we have allowed ourselves to become more and more like the world. We have justified so many things in our lives and that makes us look just like the world.
How common is purity in the people of the Church? Do we justify watching movies or TV shows that show scenes of impurity or that conjure up impure thoughts? When we start allowing these seemingly harmless images into our eyes they start desensitizing our hearts and that leads to allowing more impurity into our hearts and lives. We no longer blush at a dirty joke or feel uncomfortable when we hear an innuendo. And the enemy of our souls knows he has started breaking us of the holiness God has called us to.
Paul was making it clear that living as the world does not lead to life with Christ. In fact he goes as far, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to say that people who are impure or immoral have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. That is an important point. God doesn’t mess around with our dabbling with sin. He doesn’t look lightly on sin and neither should we. That is why this quality of Sabbath keeping is so important.
We need to cease in all the ways that we have allowed the darkness to creep into our lives. We need to stop giving a cracked door to the enemy to worm his way into our lives. We need to be intentional about how we live and the choices we make. Part of Sabbath keeping is ceasing from living in the worlds presence and being in God’s presence. We need to have nothing to do with the ways of the world when they are contrary to the ways of God. We need to heed Paul’s warning in verse 15 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
Making It Personal
What areas of your life reflect the world? Have you ever ignored the Spirit’s convicting reminders in your life? What consequences have you experienced when walking with the world?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to act like the world? Who should we act like? Did God give us rules that help us live like Jesus?
Father, forgive us for allowing ourselves to sucked into the worlds way of thinking. Make sin detestable to us. Help us live in Your light. In Jesus’ name, amen.