8 Ways to Be the Light of Christ in a Dark World
In Sunday school we sang “This little light of mine,” based on Scriptural commands to shine like lights in our dark world, glorifying God with good deeds (Matthew 5:16), and living clean, innocent lives (Philippians 2:15).
As a child, I thought being light simply meant being good and treating everyone nicely. But Ephesians 5:8-20 gives us a fuller definition of our role as lights:
“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).”
1. Finding out what pleases the Lord (v.10).
2. Avoiding and exposing evil (v.11).
See Being Light and Salt in a Sexually Immoral Culture.
3. Refusing to talk about evil things (v.12).*
4. Being careful how we live (v. 15).
5. Taking advantage of opportunities God gives us (v. 16).
6. Being self-controlled (v.18).
7. Constantly reminding each other of God’s Word in conversations and worship (v.19).
8. Being continually thankful (v.20).
See also This Little Light of Mine
* This doesn’t mean that we refuse to talk about the evil going on in our world – Scripture does that. It means we don’t romanticize, approve, condone, enjoy, joke about or entertain ourselves with evil. We don’t cuss or use unwholesome speech (Ephesians 4:29).
See The F-Word and We Must Not Amuse Ourselves with Things that Sadden God's Heart.