For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
Yesterday was a day of dark and light: the darkness of storm clouds gathering only to be broken through by golden cracks of light; swathes of grey suddenly splintered by the brilliance of blue sky. Darkness and light can never truly coexist; one always drives out the other. We are those who know what it is to walk in the light and we must live up to our calling. This is not a passive process: find out what pleases the Lord; seek it; test it; approve it. And the only way to get there; the only way to know God's will is whole-hearted submission, the surrendering of all we are for his sake. (Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 143:8, Luke 22:42) The fruit of light comes from laying ourselves down. (John 12:24) And if we do not produce fruit, if our lives do not look light, what is the point? Dallas Willard speaks of the danger of a Gospel that preaches forgiveness without preaching the need for transformation. The Light has come but we need to walk in it. Otherwise we are ineffective (2 Peter 1:8), unproductive (Titus 3:14), uprooted trees - twice dead (Jude 1:12). The kind of trees only useful for being thrown into the fire. (Matthew 7:19) Our separation from fruitlessness is to be absolute: whereas Light grows seeds of goodness, righteousness and truth, darkness grows the opposite and yet both will grow together. (Matthew 13:24-30) Jesus always intended that the lives of his disciples bear much fruit (John 15:16). How fruity are we feeling today? What evidence of our illuminated minds, of our adoption? Are we walking in the Light of God?