Google+ 05/10/14 Stay Away from All Darkness and Walk in the Light!

Ephesians 5:10-12

 

Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.

 

At some point in every Christian's life, we proclaim that we understand the power of darkness and profess that we want to walk in the light.  While the concept is a great one, we often misjudge the power of the dark side in our every day lives.  Paul explains it to the Ephesians in basically three sentences.  Look out because the amount of truth in these three verses of Scripture will literally bring us to our knees.  First, we are called to carefully determine what pleases God every day.  You know me.  I am always asking all of us questions, so here goes.  Do we really do this?  Do we stop and ask God what we should do before we do it?  Most often we don't and instead end up asking for forgiveness for the lack of Godly discernment that we employ.  Second, we are ordered to take no part in worthless deeds of evil or darkness.  Really?  This negates our ability to hang out with those that live in darkness.  We are called to keep a safe distance.  Our problem is that we simply don't understand what constitutes a safe distance.  We think we are stronger than we are and believe God will protect us.  Listen carefully.  He will not protect us when we CHOOSE to be in darkness.  The "can't we all just get along" concept simply does not apply to God.  Dark is dark.  Light is light.  They NEVER happen at the same time. Not only are we to stay away from dark situations, we are to expose those that constantly allow the dark side to dominate.  It is a choice.  Finally, notice the last line of our Scripture today.  Paul says that even talking about what the ungodly do in secret is shameful.  Let's summarize so that we don't miss any "diamonds in the rough" in today's Scripture.  Don't invite, participate in, or acknowledge the dark side.  Determine every day what pleases God.  Expose those who continue to choose to walk in darkness.  Don't ever talk about what ungodly people do in secret, or for that matter, in public.   In short, Paul tells the Ephesians that God says, "Stay Away from All Darkness and Walk in the Light!"