Living in God's Light

“…for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…”  Ephesians 5:8

I heard a story about a little boy who attended a church with beautiful, stained-glass windows in the auditorium.  The stained-glass windows portrayed the faces of four men.  Every Sunday, when the sermon became boring, or when the little boy just lost his train of thought and couldn’t pay attention to the preacher anymore, he would start looking at those windows. He could see the morning sunlight as it came through those windows, lighting up the men’s faces.  Under one picture, the caption read “Saint Matthew.”  Under the second, it said “Saint Mark.”  The third and fourth had the captions “Saint Luke” and “Saint John.”

And then, one day in Sunday school, the boy’s teacher asked the question, “Boys and girls, what is a saint?” And the little boy knew instantly.  He raised his hand.  The teacher pointed at him and said, “What’s your answer?”  He said, “Saints are the people that the light shines through.”

That’s what it means to be a saint.  That’s what it means to be saved.  If you’ve been saved, you’re a saint, and if you’ve been saved, the light of Jesus will shine through you.  The Bible says, “You were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.”  Understand this: Jesus Christ has not only turned the light on for us, but He has turned on the light in us, so that His light shines through us. 

Is your life darkness, or is it light?  There’s a temptation, when we’ve been saved, to go back to living our lives with the light dimmed.  But Jesus says that if He has touched our lives, He has transformed our lives, so that we can shine His light in the darkness.  The Bible tells us that God’s light transforms, and so walk in the light.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!