For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. (Ephesians 5:8-11)
The light makes everything visible…
The “Ashley Madison scandal” rocked the news recently. This website, used by people who want to have an affair to meet other like minded people, was hacked and the list of members made public. I’m not sure why anyone in this day and age would think anything on the internet was secure, but I guess these folks did. The light makes everything visible.
Paul reminds us that as Christians we have the light from the Lord- we are to live as people of light. God’s light shines within us and produces “only what is good and right and true”. And then read what Paul calls us to do when we recognize the worthless deeds hiding in the darkness: expose them.
Once the light shines in darkness it loses its power to hide things. It’s like the power a secret has until it’s told, at which point the secret loses its power. Once darkness is lit up, it loses its power to hide anything. Light it up! Live in that light, and watch as it produces only what is good and right and true.