Updated: Feb 15, 2021
Text: Ephesians 5:8-14
The apostle Paul uses the fitting analogy of walking when speaking about our journey as Christians.
In (Ephesians 5:8) Paul records, “For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…” Following Christ is a journey. It’s a journey of growth and transformation as we learn to adopt Christ’s standards for our lives. However, as those who walk after Christ, we must be willing to follow Him.
We were once in darkness. That is, we were ignorant of the desires of Christ for our lives. We were held captive by sin. Sin held us all, as Paul records the book of Romans, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (ref. Rom. 3:23). But now, as Christians, we are light in the Lord. Paul challenges us to walk as children of light.
Walking as children of light, we have a responsibility to follow Christ, seeking what is acceptable and pleasing to the Lord. The result of such a life, a life led by the Spirit, will be one that walks in His goodness.
Following after Christ is a journey. Change often will not happen overnight. Instead, change most often will occur along the way. As we journey, following Christ, we must be willing to leave the ignorance, break away from the sin, and expose the shame of our lives. We must be ready to wake from our sleep and arise to the light of Christ.
You are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.