Darkness to Light
“For you were once full of darkness, but now you are light from the Lord. So live as people of light.” ~Ephesians 5:8
I think there are a lot of people running around today who think they are Christians, but really are not. They may believe in the right things, but they don’t act on those beliefs. Sometimes what appears to be a conversion to Christianity is nothing more than some visible changes in a person’s life.
For instance, you can pray and not be a Christian. Just because someone prays doesn’t mean they are a believer. Polls show that nine out of ten Americans pray.
You can keep the Ten Commandments to the best of your ability and not necessarily be a Christian.
You can believe you are going to heaven, or believe that Christ is coming back again, and not necessarily be a Christian.
Belief is not the whole picture. The Bible says that even the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19). It is not enough to simply have your eyes opened. According to Acts 26:18, you have to turn from darkness to light. God can make you aware of your need for Christ, but only you can put your faith in Christ.
What does it mean to turn from darkness to light? Paul answers that question in Romans 13. “The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living” (Romans 13:12).
There are a lot of people who are trying to live in two worlds. They know what is true. They effectively believe it is true. But they have not turned from darkness to light.
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