Ephesians 5:11-14 (JDV)
Ephesians 5:11 Don’t participate in the fruitless achievements of darkness, but instead expose them
Ephesians 5:12 because it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret.
Ephesians 5:13 Everything exposed by the light is made visible.
Ephesians 5:14 You see, what makes everything visible is light. For this reason it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
making the dark deeds visible
Christians get a bad reputation in many cultures because of what we choose not to do. It isn’t always blind legalism that motivates those choices. We choose to not participate in some things because those things are shameful and sinful. Our choice to refrain from those activities is exposing them to the light – making it visibly clear that God does not approve of them.
The more we choose to live the resurrection life we have been granted by Christ, the more this will happen. Christ himself, in all his goodness, righteousness and truth will shine on us, exposing what is going on in the darkness all around us. His light will show us what is worthwhile and pleasing to God, and what is not. Then, it is up to us to say no to the deeds of darkness.
Lord, shine through us, and show us what is worth participating in, and what is not.