Sunday, January 26, 2014

Be a Light That Exposes Darkness

  "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of the these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord;
 walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead rather expose them; for it is disgraceful even to the speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light." 
Ephesians  5:6-13
 Are you trying to let God's light shine through you to the world around you?

 This is something that I strive for but I know at times that I struggle with being a clouded "window" for His light to go through. It is easy to get used to the unrighteousness that is around us in entertainment and so many other areas. I was thinking about this the other night when we as a family decided it would be fun to watch a movie and so looked for one on Netflix. We weeded through a lot of trash and then found one we thought would be okay. We watched it but as we went through it I had those little nagging thoughts - should we be watching this - does it glorify God that we are doing this? In hindsight,  I really wish we would have turned it off. It wasn't horribly bad - it was in the family section and I suppose most people wouldn't think twice about it but yet here and there throughout the movie there were little things that were very contrary to Bible teaching. Naturally we will run into unrighteousness in day to day living but to entertain ourselves with it is a different matter. When we do that we are not exposing it but rather enjoying it.

 God wants us to be different and set apart. He wants our lives and thoughts to be focused on what is good and pure and right and true. We want to try to please God in everything we do and say.

   Being a light doesn't require us to research and pull out all the trash and criticize all the wrong in this world but rather to be so totally different that people notice the difference.

   Let's focus on truth. Let's be lights! 


Oak Springs Farm said...

Lately our preacher has been hitting on this very topic. That as Christians we should be so different from others that God goodness shines through us.

I've been stopping by your blog for a few weeks now. I enjoy it!

Angie at Oak Springs Farm

Sarah said...

So true! It is hard to find entertainment that would be pleasing to Him, but there are a few good ones out there. I do think that what we watch (or don't watch) on TV gives a great testimony to others. Great post!

Sarah from A Future & A Hope

Sharmayne said...

Nice post Abbi, pray you have a wonderful week ahead
Hugs sharm


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