Can you imagine what it would be like to get around in complete darkness throughout life? Just imagine how disastrous and depressing it would be, how empty our life would be, how soul destroying it would be!
As we continue to look at Ephesians, in chapter 5, we find Paul continuing his challenge on the life-style of the believers there. They do not appear to be living like people who now possess the light of life. It appears that they are tolerating, even actively still partaking in a lifestyle of darkness.
No one likes to be told how to live their life, even when it may not be the best. Paul however sees the need to challenge the saints at Ephesus about their lifestyle. He does not want them to live like those who do not know or acknowledge Jesus, which is what appears to be happening. Paul wants them to be different and be seen to be different. He wants them to be like bright lights shining out in the darkness. He wants them to let others see what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
As we go about our everyday lives, are others seeing us as different or just one of the crowd, fitting in with and following all that they do? Are we then living in ways of darkness or living in the ways of light that Jesus has granted us?
One of the greatest issues in life, that we as followers of Jesus will need to contend with, is to be in contact with the darkness that is all around us, but still shine out the light of Jesus in it. This will not always be easy, but will always be necessary if we are to be faithful followers and witnesses of Jesus.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16.