The Church: a Community of Light
I don’t know about you, but I can remember as a child I was never very fond of the dark. But as I grew a little older (probably somewhere in my 30’s or so) darkness seemed to be less frightening. However, moving around in the darkness still has distinct disadvantages. Just the other night moving through the house in the dark I kicked a container, cut my toe, stumbled and put my hand out to steady myself which landed on the kitchen bench (which I had just re coated and was still very wet) all because it was dark.
Ephesians gives us some very clear images of the church as a community which is living in the light and is itself light. In 1:18, as Paul prays for the Ephesians to have spiritual wisdom, he writes, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance”. Heart here, refers to the complete person (thoughts, feelings and will). We are a community transformed from within, by the light of the gospel. We are transformed from being enemies of God into His treasure.
In Chapter 5:8-9 Paul wrote, “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. The light that has transformed us should now be evident in us in such a way that it exposes the worthless and unfruitful deeds of darkness.
It says in John 8:12, “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said; “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” In Matthew 5:14 Jesus calls the disciples the light of the world and points out the light should not be hidden away.
Something for us to consider as we continue to examine and sharpen our vision statement and its underlying core values. Are we living in the light and shining light into our home, our family our local community?