You were not simply in darkness and are now in light. You were darkness and are now light. You have undergone a change in your being. You were dark, now you are light. But living in the now, but not yet of God’s Kingdom, we must still choose to live as light. The good news is, God promises to guide us. The contrast of dark and light used in this passage is meant to show how the sin, pain, and insecurity we so often keep hidden, is the darkness of our lives. But as we honestly confess our darkness and allow it to be exposed in the light, God can begin to redeem us and sow good fruit in our lives. God is a gentleman and He won’t go where He hasn’t been invited. But the more we let Him in (often through our vulnerability in the community of believers), the more healing and freedom in Him we will find. Verse 14 is likely a Christian church hymn and declares that when we come to Jesus, we go from death to life. And if we heed His call to wake up and step into the light, we will be saved; not only from eternal death but from our sin and shame today!
So, what does it mean to live as light? First, it doesn’t happen by accident or default. Paul says, “Be very careful,” or in other words, live wisely as you intentionally seek after God. God offers freedom in Him so that we no longer have to live in slavery to the darkness of this world. In order to understand His will, God offers us the opportunity to be filled with His Spirit. Paul compares being filled with God’s Spirit to the experience of being drunk on wine. When you are drunk, you are under the control of that substance as it takes over your mind and body. But as we open ourselves to the filling of His Spirit, fully surrendering ourselves to His control over our mind and body, we begin to overflow with joy and thankfulness in His presence. As other believers experience this same filling of the Spirit, it begins to shape our interactions with one another in how we speak and make music from our hearts to the Lord. Ultimately, this filling leads to God’s Spirit working through us for His grander purposes; the expansion of His Kingdom in the hearts and lives of others who don’t yet know Him.
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