For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5: 5

In general, the day is characterized by visibility. There is present in it an abundance of the bright and dependable light that comes from the sun. This stands in contrast to the night when the brightest source of illumination is the elusive and less than reliable moon. In the sense of spiritual things, Christ is also that powerful and constant light source. This carries through into all aspects of life and into the way that followers of Christ live, too. Christ gives us a perfect example of what it means to conduct ourselves in a manner that can be examined under that bright light and found to be, in all matters, above reproach and without even the slightest taint of corruption. This radiance of purity, the holiness of God exemplified, fills our world with its presence as it becomes the true light that God’s own people see and that provides the clarity of eternal wisdom to all who seek to know it.

In this way, we are changed by surrendering our lives to Christ. The light that He grants to all who follow Him is transformative in the work that it does with hearts and upon minds. We literally see the world differently when Christ is the source of the illumination that makes it all visible, and everything that is made visible by Christ’s light is also made known to us through the filter of God’s Word of truth and wisdom. This new perspective on life is a great gift that God gives to His people. Yet, it is left to us to fully utilize it and to exercise it to the greatest extent possible in conducting ourselves as Christians in our world. Unfortunately, none of us do this with the same consistency as Christ exhibits in granting His love, grace, truth, mercy, and righteousness to us. Most people go through life with our eyes half closed and with our vision obscured by selfish interests, prejudices, and the outworking of our fears.

As we are new beings in Christ, so we can let go of all of these remaining aspects of our old selves by surrendering them all to Christ and submitting every aspect of our lives to the control of the Spirit and to His work within us. The statement, “We are not children of the night or of the darkness” is an affirmative one. We can enter every day that we face with it upon our hearts, implanted into our brains, and spoken as our motto upon heading out into the world. Christ has taken us out of the perpetual darkness of sin and its death shroud of separation from the glory of God, and He has bathed us in the newness of the light of his Spirit now resident within us. We can enter into the challenges and the adventure of each new day with the certainty of Christ’s presence with us in all that we will encounter. We will face into situations and we will engage with people who desperately need to know the love and the grace of the Savior. There will be many moments along the path that we follow through each day when the light of Christ pouring out from us may be the illumination that is needed to change a small corner of the world; so, I pray that in those moments I will let the glory of Christ shine out unfiltered and without restraint or restriction.