8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
There was a time that I walked inn darkness. I did not know Jesus even though I had been raised in the church. I knew about Jesus, but I did not know Him. I did not know about His power to save. I did not know that He died for me. I did not know He took the sins poof the world on His back. I did not know His wounds healed me. There was so much I did not know.
But light was shed on my path. Once the light dispelled the darkness, I could see Jesus for who He really was. And once I knew that, I had a choice to make. Choose darkness, or choose light. To me, that was an easy choice. I chose light. So now I must walk in the light. I must allow the truth of the gospel to show me the way to live. I am a child of that light, and I must listen as a child listens to their parents. The light will guide me to better things in God, and that is what I desire. The Spirit will lead me as I walk in the light, and will guide me to what is good, and right, and true. That is the only way I can prove what is acceptable to the Lord. And I have a call to prove that, so the world will know what is acceptable to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Fellowship means friendly association. I have no right to associate with the works of darkness any longer. And I should have no desire for those things. Remember, darkness cannot exist where light is. Reprove means to reprimand or to correct a fault. When I find these things in my life, I must take action to rid myself of them. The works of darkness need to be eradicated from my life. Unfortunately, I still have a level of pride within me that says I can have those things, God won;t care. I need to guard against that attitude on a continual basis, and make sure if my pride gets the better of me, that I now only put that down, but also put down any other area of darkness that might creep in. This is a continual vigil.
We must keep our mind and thoughts clear of these things. That is why Paul tells us not to even speak of such things. He knows what we speak has power and can infiltrate our minds very easily. The darkness that is in this world seems to get darker all the time. More eyes are blinded to the light by our enemy. They cannot even see the light dimly in the distance, they are so encased in the darkness. Those who can’t even get a dim view of God need our prayers.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
When we correct those things in our life that don’t belong, the light will shine on them for what they truly are. We will see the error of our ways, and realize that once again, by His mercy, He has spared us. Many times it may take a trial or a test to make us aware there is something in our lives that is displeasing to Him. He is so gracious that He will allow us to see it in the midst of the storm, and then He will calm the storm around us. He s patient with us, and allows us time to work through those things from the darkness we were once in that may still influence our lives. What a loving God we serve.
Lastly, Paul tells us to awake from sleep, and arise from the dead, and He Jesus will give us light. When we come to realize what is holding us back from fully committing to Him, we wake up. We start to allow Him greater access to our life – we open the doors in our life and allow Him to shine His light in. Once His light shines in that room, there is no turning back. We must deal with that area of our life that He is asking us to give Him. We need to be in the Light! This is an old one, but a good one!