“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!”Ephesians 5:8 NLT
In Canada we have taken in a number of refugees from the Syrian crisis. Those people were displaced from their home running from a conflict they honestly might have no idea why it is happening. Yet here they have come, joining our country looking for a new life. We as Canadians have welcomed them with open arms, providing them with away to start their life anew. But what if they arrived and still continued to live their lives as if they were running, a refugeee lifestyle?
The fact of the matter is they arrive and embrace the change that has happened. They know where they have been and have no desire to return to the life of a displaced person. Yes many yearn for loved ones who are still displaced, but they yearn for them to join them in this new life.
Humanity was displaced from its relationship with God. For thousands of years mankind has been spiritual refugees. At the cross Jesus created a way for mankind to be brought out of the spiritual darkness and into the light. He invites us to come and live with him, having all the benefits of a citizen of heaven. We become joint heirs, he only asks that you live as one. We as believers must not be tempted to go back and see what were missing. The darkness has an allure that sucks you in, it like a powerful, dictator does not want to lose any of its citizens, lest they tell others about what wonderful things are in the light.
That is what we as children living in the light need to be doing. We need to be sharing about the wonderful life we are living in the light. A life of joy that we express through our everything, through the good and bad times. The way we express ourselves and our attitude towards life will show people our hearts. If we look like we are always drinking vinegar and are sour and bitter who will be attracted to that? If we are mad at the world and angry who will be attracted to that? If we live expectant, with a passion and loving others who will be attracted to that?
So how are you living your life today? Are you walking in the light? Are you playing games in the darkness hoping that one day you might jump into the light when needed? It might be to late then. Jesus is ready to accept you, refugee papers have already been signed, all you need to do is accept them and walk into the light.
Jesus, thank you so much for your sacrifice so that we can live in the light with you. We desire a relationship with the Father. Show us how to reach others lost in the darkness, giving us a passion for their plight. They don’t see the need for a saviour, yet in the darkness they don’t see much of anything. Let us be a lighthouse to them, a beacon of truth and hope for something more. They matter to you Jesus, so they matter to us, Amen.