Words from the Heart for Saturday October 1st, 2016
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
Ephesians 5:8 (NLT)
Living as People of Light
Trust in Christ results in a new nature. You may feel the same as before. You probably struggle with the same struggles. But there is something new about you – God has changed your heart. Pray that you might live consistently as a child of light by walking in obedience.
2016 started with some Canadians watching northern lights for the first time. A strong solar storm gave people across the country a special New Year’s Eve northern lights show. The aurora’s swirling colours lit up the night skies as far south as 50 degrees latitude. It meant that cities along the Canada-U.S. border got a rare chance to see the stunning display. According to Piet Martens, a physicist at Georgia State University, “”The effects are strongest around the magnetic poles of the Earth, with the magnetic North Pole being in northern Canada.” Because of this, people who live in the territories and northern regions of some provinces are often treated to beautiful aurora displays. But it’s rare that the northern lights are on view as far south in Canada as the New Years’ Eve display.
Light always causes a response. Leave an outside light on in the summer and before long a variety of flying insects will be swarming around it. On the other hand, turn on a light in a dark barn and all sorts of vermin and insects will run for cover. There is a similar response in the spiritual realm. Those of us who have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world, are attracted to the things of the light. We are even called to live as people of light. Ephesians 5:8 says “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” Those who don’t know Christ enjoy the things done in the darkness. So many have no sense of the principles of the kingdom of God and live as if there was no God and no righteousness. But we who follow Christ know better. The Bible is filled with the light that Jesus brings into our hearts – peace, joy, hope, forgiveness, grace. We are then called to live as those who love the light. We are called away from the deeds of darkness and called to live a life in the light. There ought to be as big a contrast between us and the world as there is between darkness and light. How are you living in the light today? What deeds of darkness do you need to deny today?
These have been words from the heart.