TEXT: Ephesians 5:11-16
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Fighting the Pull of Darkness, Part 4 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #60)
In this part of our series, we have considered the works of the children of darkness (or the “children of disobedience”) as well as the reasons why we, the children of light, ought not to be engaged in them. However, we cannot put our heads in the sand (or in the clouds) and simply ignore the darkness that is in the world. It is all around us. It tugs at our hearts and our flesh. The darkness of sin tempt us and try to lure us away from the light. Our children are affected by it. Our spouses are affected by it. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are affected by it. And, of course, the world is enthralled by it.
What do we do? Christ has called us not to just condemn the darkness, but to shine a light in it. As we touched on last week, this process of shining a light should start in the church. We are to reprove (or rebuke) those who claim to be followers of Christ yet are walking in darkness. This should not be done in a spirit of pharisaism or being ‘holier-than-thou.’ Rather, it is simply the nature of light to expose darkness. The two cannot co-exist. John states, “The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Where there is light, the darkness will be banished. When darkness and light meet, there will be conflict.
Our text states, “all things that are reproved [rebuked] are made manifest [exposed] by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest [expose] is light.” If we are walking in the light, we will be irritated by the darkness around us. We will not like it if others in our family, in our church, or in our workplace are engaging in sin. We will be compelled to help them see the error of their ways. That is our obligation to others in the body of Christ.
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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.