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Children of Light

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. ~Ephesians 5:8

This verse is short but packs a lot of punch, and maybe that's why I love it. The Bible is indisputably poetic, but it's also filled with verses like this—passages that drive to the heart of our calling, our mission as followers of Christ.

Pursuing Christ means, by its very nature, being transformed by him. It is impossible to throw oneself into the abysmal wellspring of God's love, grace, and holiness without being altered from what we once were and shaped into something new. That cleansing is the transformation from darkness to light: when once we were flying blind in the dark of our own sin, we now have Jesus as our guiding light. As he is the Light, now so are we . . . but do we live like it?

Imagine you bump into someone new at the bus stop, in the grocery store, on the train, wherever. Imagine you have just one conversation—one opportunity to give them a glimpse of who you are before you part ways forever, likely never to meet again. What will that person think of you when all is said and done? Did they see Christ shining through you like a brilliant lantern, trimmed and clean and ready? Did they see just the faintest traces of light through dirty glass and the cracks in your tightly-locked personality? Did they see nothing but a dry wick—spick and span, but shedding no light at all?

Just like that person on the train, at the bus stop, in the store, we were once stumbling through the dark of our flawed choices. But now we are changed—we are children of light, and it is our obligation, our solemn mission, to live and shine like the burning lights that we are called to be.

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