For YE WERE sometimes darkness, but NOW ARE YE LIGHT in the Lord: walk as children of light – Ephesians 5:8
The sun and the moon have a wonderful relationship. The moon isn’t a light; it’s a very black substance, and yet it reflects the light it gets from the sun. So sometimes, we say we’re like the moon, while Jesus gives us light to reflect. This is a powerful idea, but it’s not the best. God doesn’t regard us as the moon that reflects the light of the sun. Yes, the Bible says Jesus Christ is the Sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2), but who are we?
The answer is in 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8, “YE ARE all the children of light, and the children of THE DAY: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”
A dog will only give birth to a dog, just as a human can only give birth to a human. God is Light, and having begotten us through the Gospel, we’re lights just as Jesus is the Light of the world. Jesus never told us to reflect His Light; instead, He said, “Ye are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14). We’re the children of light and the children of the day, not of the night, nor of darkness.
Light is that which makes manifest (Ephesians 5:13); it illuminates so that you can see. That’s our calling in this life, to bring illumination to the world. We’re of the day, and we give light for others to reflect because we’re ‘illuminators’. Blessed be God!
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I’m of the day and not of the night. I am the light of the world; my calling is to illumine the hearts of men. When I arrive anywhere, illumination comes, and confusion and perplexity are dispelled.
Further Study: Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:5