This post is Day 27 in a series of studies about “The Spiritual Blessings” in Ephesians, I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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The Spiritual Blessings – 27
Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light. Live as children who have light. It is the responsibility He has given to all who believe in Him. To be light wherever we go, draw others to Jesus, spread light to everyone we meet.
Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light. Live as children who have light. Light produces everything that is good, that has God’s approval, and that is true.
Much of Ephesians chapter 5 is a list of dos and don’ts. Each one is interesting, but I chose this verse because LIGHT is one of the spiritual blessings throughout the Bible.
God Himself is light (1John 1:5), Jesus was known as the Light of the World (John 8:12), but He told His listeners that they are the light of the world (Matthew 4:14).
That’s the responsibility He has given to all who believe in Him. To be light wherever we go. To draw others to Jesus, and to spread light to everyone we meet.
In the NIV translation of the Bible it does not say that you were in darkness, and now in the light. It says “you were once darkness”! There is a big difference. Can you see it?
The result of “being light” is that we share around us “goodness, righteousness and truth” as mentioned in the verses above, without making any effort.
There is so much information available all across the world right now, but how much of it is telling of good things that are happening? Not much of it is speaking of righteousness, and the “righteous acts of the saints”. Throughout the Bible the use of the words “righteous acts” is always accorded to God, but in Revelation 19:8 we read of the saints, (that’s all of us who believe and live according to God’s law) being rewarded for their “righteous acts”.
Read Ephesians 5 today and see how many of the “dos and don’ts” you need to work on. Ask the Lord to help you be more righteous.
Thank Him that we are all “a work in progress” and that He loves us anyway.