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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”—Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV)
Have you ever glanced at a father-son combo and said , “Wow! That little guy looks just like his daddy!”?
I can recall times growing up when I heard comments about my resemblance to my father or how I have my mother’s nose. Even now, as a father, I often get remarks from people regarding how much my children resemble me.
I’ve had the privilege of fathering my stepson since his middle school days. Now he’s a freshman in college, and over the last six years I’ve witnessed him take on a lot of my characteristics—even though he’s not my biological son. There have been times we’ve heard folks comment on how much he looks like me, and of course we both just chuckle and smile.
Well, in Ephesians 5:8 the apostle Paul is rolling out a very simple framework for the Christian believer. He’s suggesting that since we are now adopted into Christ’s family, we should take on the characteristics of this family. More importantly, we should begin to take on the characteristics of our Father in heaven.
I once heard a message preached by H.B. Charles in which he said: “It is the will of God that the Spirit of God would use the Word of God to help the children of God look more like the Son of God!” Did you catch that? As Christians and followers of Christ, we should in many ways resemble or be a reflection of Jesus. That’s what the apostle Paul is suggesting when he exhorts us to walk as children of light.
Christ proclaimed that He is the light of the world (John 8:12). He is able to make this claim because of what He did for us 2,000 years ago on the cross by giving his life to be the propitiation for our sins. In doing so, anyone who accepts Him as savior is immediately adopted as a child of God or “children of light.” We are literally brought out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9)!
Considering the above mentioned, let us wisely contemplate our role as Christians to be children of light. Let us embrace the beautiful reality that we get to be representatives or ambassadors of Christ in our respective paradigms. Let us walk as children of light.
DIG: Read Matthew 5:14-16 and John 12:35-36.
DISCOVER: As you dig into the Word of God daily, allow His Word to transform you into a more prominent image of Christ.
DISPLAY: You never know who you’re going to encounter. Make sure you’re conscious of the fact that you are a child of light. You might be the only reflection of Christ a person gets to see in their paradigm.