8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The starting point for me is to remember that God is loving, gracious and so worthy of our thanks and praise. When I approach any scripture with that absolute premise then I see words of a loving Father speaking life and freedom. If we approach any scripture with a feeling of condemnation or judgement then that is what we will find.
What I read here is that we have been rescued from darkness from slavery and given a good life as an adopted child of God. The instruction here is for us to embrace that change and live fully as a child of God. It makes me think of those prison movies, when a person finishes their prison sentence and they leave as a free person. They walk out and are determined to live a good life but then the bad elements from their previous life start to suck them back into a life of crime.
If I could speak to the character in the film I would say don’t do it, don’t go back there. Look at the possibilities ahead of you. This scripture is reminding the Ephesian church of their salvation and encouraging them to live accordingly…the same is true for us today.
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