For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Eph 5:8)
As children of light in this world, our lifestyle should be different from the lifestyle of unbelievers. If we’re no different in our words, values, attitudes, and behavior than those who do not know God, we have no witness to give them.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (Mt 5:14-15)
As Christians, we are Christ’s light bearers, letting His light shine through us. How brightly are our lights shining? Can others see Jesus Christ through us? Do our lives show other people how to find God and how to live for Him? If not, let us ask ourselves what “baskets” have shut out our lights.
Living an inconsistent lifestyle and having unconfessed sins will become a basket to us, covering the light of God. Complacency, hatred, stubbornness of heart, or disobedience can also become “baskets” that keep God’s light from shining through us to others. We hide our light by keeping silent when we should speak for what is right or when we follow the crowd in doing wrong. Our light becomes faint when we fall into spiritual sleep or when we let sin dim out our light. We also hide our light when we do not explain our light to others or when we ignore the needs of others.
Paul says that we were once darkness. We were spiritually blind and did not know God’s glory and truth. But now God has saved us and made us light in the Lord. We are to walk as children of light and let Jesus’ light shine through us. Being sanctified by God’s words, living a clean life, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, and having good deeds that show love for people, are ways to reflect God’s goodness to others. If we cultivate these Christian virtues, we allow the presence of Jesus Christ to be radiated through us. Living a life of light is the strong witness of our Christian faith as children of light.