Ephesians 5:8-14 (Today’s New International Version)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
I remember when I was in the darkness. I hated it. I felt as though my life really had no substance. But I must indicate that a life in the light is not as easy as some may portray it to be. There have been times where I have thought what in the hell am I doing. But without fail, God shows me in some way that the light is far better in then being in the dark. Those who say that dark is easier may not fully understand what being in the light was like to give a sufficient justification to the light. However, it is not easy. From my experience, I would rather be in the light then in the darkness. Perhaps it is something that must be experienced? So have you given yourself fully to the light? On the other hand, are you teetering on which way to go? You might think that the dark is easier but it is not. A life in darkness is a life out of touch. Out of touch with what God has called us to do. To love one another as we love ourselves. Being in the light is being in love with God. A love that will endure the hard times, a love that will look past the fact that you are not perfect and meet you where you are. That is where Jesus comes in to play. See Jesus is the way the truth and the light! How can we run away from someone who loved us so much that he is will to endure perhaps one of the most painful executions that one could endure just to save us from the darkness? So are you in love with the light? Because I am, though sometimes when I jump back and see where I have come from, the light is way better then darkness. Trust Christ who is the light, take the leap into the light. The darkness may look inviting, but run away from it. It will harm you, if not at first it will in the end. So, “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Go into this world and show the light to a dark world.