Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. 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 5:6-11

Wow! We are to expose the “worthless deeds of evil and darkness.” How does one do that? We do this by shining the light on them— the light of Jesus, the light of the gospel. Jesus came “as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:46). There are those who love “darkness instead of light because their deeds” are evil (John 3:19). But Jesus came as “the light of the world. Whoever follows (Him) will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” But “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20). Followers of Jesus “are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Fellow follower of Jesus, you are the light of this world as He shines through you. As you walk in this world of darkness today let your light shine. This will have an impact on those around you. But you must be shining and not hiding your light, as the children’s song says, under a bushel or basket. Nor allow Satan to quench your light. No, let Jesus shine through you in all that you do today! May it be so.

Dear Father in Heaven, may I shine for You today. Oh, that the Holy Spirit would not only work in me today, but through me to affect others for Your honor and glory. May this be so in the authority of Your Son, Jesus.

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