(Optional Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6)
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul describes the church as “children of light.” He goes on to explain how we have come out of the darkness (sin) and dwell in the light of Christ. As Christians, we need to ask ourselves, are we living as Christ’s children of light?
Many years ago, I took my youth group to a youth conference. During one of the messages, the speaker spoke about temptations and our struggle with sin. The key point was the same as the word plastered many times on his shirt. FLEEEEEE! As I was reading this passage in 1 Thessalonians this morning, the image of this speaker’s shirt and him yelling the word “FLEE” kept coming to my mind.
As children of the light, do we sometimes spend too much time on the outskirts of the light? Do we look into the darkness wondering, “What if I just let my toes be in the darkness, but the rest of me will be in the light?” Instead, shouldn’t we turn to the sources of our light and seek to be fully immersed in Christ’s light?
Jesus calls us to a life of holy living. A life that seeks to be centered in the light and a life that FLEES all temptations of darkness. This is a choice we must make every day and at every moment of our lives.
God help us to live in the light. May you continue to transform and purify us and let us become ambassadors of your light into this world.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.