“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
I have a classmate who always greets us as “children of the light.” That statement of our identity stirred in my heart as I read this verse in 1 Thessalonians.
Establishing who we are, as with the declaration that we are Christ’s (1 Corinthians 3:23).
Linking us with our God who “is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
As you think of that concept, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness, what characteristics do you then attribute to Him? Focusing on what He is – and what He is not?
And what, then, must we conclude about characteristics that should be our own, as children of light, of the day, who are not of the night or the darkness?
This isn’t about placing ourselves above other people. This light doesn’t make us better than others. It just signifies whose we are. Because light didn’t come to us naturally, or as a result of something we accomplished – it was placed within us, transforming us and making us alive, when we chose to trust in Christ. It can do the same for any who are currently of the darkness, as we once were.
My identity is now wrapped up in Christ. In my God, who is light. If I fix my eyes on this truth, if I press in to abide in Christ more fully, how would this transform my life? My interactions, my confidence in who God has made me to be, my love for others as I see them through His eyes. My faith and therefore my reactions and responses.
It’s the transformation of the renewing of my mind, spoken of in Romans 12:2. The Spirit working in me as I press in and fix my eyes on my God of light, to bring me further into the marvelous light of day. Shedding the trappings of the domain of darkness that hold me back from the abundance of life He has for me.
Choosing light as I choose to remember who and whose I am.
Surrender isn’t easy. We get comfortable with how things have been, how we operate through our days and our relationships. The life God calls us to, the life that is in the light, requires humility. The utter casting out of pride. So we can forgive. So we can show compassion. So we can recognize our wrongs and the hurts we cause even unintentionally, and repent and seek to repair. So we can endeavor to build others up and put ourselves aside in order to never put a stumbling block before a sister or brother. Seeking to be all things to all people, that we might save some. Making love our aim – not being recognized as “right.”
None of that is easy.
But isn’t it remarkable how it frees us?
How it completes our joy by removing barriers to our relationship with God and with others?
That is what light does.
We are children of light. Children of the day. And there is joy here. Because this light is the presence of God, surrounding us and filling us with Himself, the One who fills all in all.
Walk today as a child of the light. Because if you are in Christ, this is who you are.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:9-10