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If everyone lit just one little candle

Columbia Biblical Studies: Tuesday, September 2
Columbia Biblical Studies: Tuesday, September 2
Alex Borland

Today’s bible study is Ephesians 5:8-9: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Darkness is not necessarily a bad thing to be avoided. It is during the darkness of night that we sleep and regain strength for the labors of the day. It is in the darkness that romance blooms and lovers kiss. It is in the darkness that we often study and read and pray. It was even in the darkness of the night that Jesus Christ was born.

Darkness can bring with it quiet and meditative solitude. It can be a time of relaxation and reflection. Yet, one of the most common childhood fears s a fear of the dark. It is frightening not being able to see. And, at least until little children get used to it, they often need the security of a nightlight in their bedrooms. But are we also afraid of the darkness? Do we fear not being able to see?

In a different way, I believe that we do. We feel the need to see. We need to see who we are, where we are, what we are doing and where we are going. We want to see the colors of the sunset, the brilliance of flowers and the joy of children’s smiles. Often, when the day draws to a close, we turn on lights, trying to light up every corner of our homes so that we can see.

We also feel a sense of added security when we are able to see. We don’t have to grope blindly. We are not easy prey for attackers. We can watch vigilantly.

Is this what the bible means by being in darkness? Does it mean that we need to light a lamp and chase out the specters of darkness? In a sense, it does. It seems to mean that we need to light the darkness, not only of our homes and our world, but of our hearts. We need to be lighted with the spirit of Jesus Christ and let His holy light shine within us and through us to all people throughout the world.

Most people are familiar with the words, ‘If everyone lit just one little candle.’ Well, what if everyone did light one little candle with the light of the spirit of Christ the Lord? Oh, what a bright world it would be. Not only would we be able to see with our eyes but also with our hearts. It would be illuminated with the brilliance of glory. And the light would be the goodness, the righteousness and the truth of Jesus.

References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur, Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor

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