By: Kristan Dooley
Ephesians 5:8-13, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.”
In this passage Paul has approached the Church of Ephesus with some concerns. The Ephesian Christians are having a hard time remembering who they are. They used to live in darkness, stripped of the ability to produce any type of fruit, but now they are children of the light. Now they have the opportunity to know Jesus and to show Him to the community they are a part of.
Paul simply puts it, “Stop living like you were and start living like you are.”
Sometimes I catch myself in this same rut, living like the slave I used to be instead of the daughter of the King I am.
We were once in darkness. We were once lost. We were once stuck in sin. But, now we are children of light. We have been found and handed the inheritance of the King.
I wonder if Paul’s words might still ring true in our lives, “Stop living like you were and start living like you are.”
This is good news! With Jesus we never have to stay the way we are. With Jesus there is always hope for change.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Emphasis is on “ALL THINGS”. There is nothing you cannot accomplish with the assistance of the Holy Spirit living inside of you. Partner with Him and change the impossible. You used to have no power. You used to live defeated and alone, empty of all possibility of change. But, now you are children of the light, heirs to the throne. Therefore, embrace the inner strength you have been given and move towards change.
Where is it you need the power of the Holy Spirit to produce a change in you? Invite Him in, ask Him where to start, ask Him which way to turn. Then take a step in the right direction.