Words from the Heart for Friday December 11th, 2020
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.
Ephesians 5:8-11 (NIV)
Children of Light
Prior to 1949, only about one percent of Saskatchewan’s farms were supplied with electricity. Most farmers utilized wind-powered systems or small power plants to supply energy to their farmsteads. In its submission to Saskatchewan’s 1955 Royal Commission on Agriculture and Rural Life, the community of Beechy stated: “As early as the 1920s, the small 32-volt electrical units were installed in our community for lighting the farm home. Although these units are satisfactory for lighting our homes, they are not the answer to farm electrification.”
There was a massive change in Saul of Tarsus when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. It wasn’t just his name that changed – from Saul to Paul. Everything changed. He went from persecutor of Christians to becoming their leader. He went from putting his trust in his religion, his education, his family, his Roman citizenship, and a myriad of other worldly privileges that were his, to admitting his spiritual bankruptcy and his total trust in Jesus. The contrast between “once he was” and “now he is” is mind-blowing. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that he would write this in Ephesians 5:8-11: “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.” He was once darkness. So was I. One of the key principles of the Kingdom of God is that everybody either once was or still is a child of darkness. We become children of light the moment we repent and trust Jesus. Have you?
These have been words from the heart.