“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
‘Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine,.. but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:1-20
There is a marked difference between darkness and light. As new creatures and faithful saints blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ, we’ve been removed from the realm of darkness forever and placed into the heavenly realm of light. We have put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. And it is our responsibility to live as such. There must be a reckoning of what is true worked out in practical exercise. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:1,3; 4:24)
When the light of Christ enters and is shed abroad in our hearts by His Spirit, it infiltrates thought, intention, and desire. We are to imitate the One who saved us, and walk in His light so we emulate His motivation and manner. The vestiges of old life will linger and flirt, and the world pulls as a magnet to sin practice and discussion and humor. But our Lord has called us to purity, and His light ignites thanksgiving, substance, fruitfulness, and wise living. (Romans 5:5)
How is the ‘now’ of His light manifest? When the Spirit probes thought, behavior, and speech, what’s revealed? Do my words and activities evidence worldly drunkenness, or full Spirit influence? Do I pretend at clean talk, and maybe even decline some offensive entertainment, but still coddle secret foolishness, or engage in prurient gossip or crude joking? From what do I need awaken to be filled with the light of Christ’s joy?
Lord, develop all that is good and right and true in me to reflect Your light and glory.