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Light Reveals Disgusting Things

Monday - June15th

Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Ephesians 5:8-13

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 6:5-18


For you were once darkness, but now you are

light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Ephesians 5:8

During my sophomore year of college, I worked as a student manager of the cafeteria at my college. My job was to manage all of the other students who worked there. I also had to be at work most days before the sun came up. Sometimes, I would be the first person of the day to enter the big kitchen where all of the food was prepared. Often when opened the back door and flipped on the light switch, hundreds (maybe thousands) of cockroaches would scramble out of the light and into the darkness under cabinets and appliances. We had a terrible problem with those awful bugs for about a month. Yes, it was disgusting!

After I got a bit more comfortable (not that I ever really was) with the sight of the revolting creatures, I started to pay attention to a few things that happened when I turned on the light. When exposed to the sudden brightness, all of the roaches disappeared in less than two or three seconds. If you blinked or glanced away, you missed most of their frantic exit. While I hate to think of the party they had going on all through the night, you could tell they had a high level of comfort in the darkness, and the light disrupted everything for them.

Fortunately, exterminators were hired, and the infestation came to an end in a short time. The image in my head of flipping that switch and seeing the roaches panic and scramble for cover will never fade from my mind. It has illustrated for me the biblical theme of light driving out darkness.

Jesus declared Himself to be "The Light of the World" and told us that we are to be light in this world as His followers. The Apostle John utilized the theme of light and darkness to explain our relationship to sin and righteousness. Paul emphasized the contrast we should bring to the world around us using the same language in Ephesians chapter five. "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light" (v.8). He went further in his call for us to live as children of light when he said, "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (v.11).

Paul tells us to "find out what pleases the Lord" (v.10). The light is defined by what pleases the Lord. When we walk in that light, the darkness won't like it. Those who have been comfortable with the sin of their lives will not be comfortable with us. Light exposes darkness. Earlier in the same chapter, he calls on us to clothe ourselves in love. Dressed in love and living in the light will cause our lives to expose the sin while loving the sinner. Some people simply seek to expose sin without loving the sinner. Others try to love the sinner without exposing the sin. Jesus did both and calls us to do both. Thankfully, while enjoying the blessing of all He has created, He has not asked us to love those disgusting cockroaches.

Are there areas where you have compromised one or the other? Have you been loving without revealing what pleases the Lord? Have you exposed sin without showing love? Ask God to help you do both as you seek to live and love like Jesus today!

As you walk in the light, your life will expose what is in the darkness. Some of that will be disgusting!


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