Walk in the Light: God is Light - Reflections
June 7, 2018 | Timothy Peace
The proof of our faith is in the fruit that we bear. The apostle Paul writes:
“… but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light— for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth…” (Ephesians 5:8b-9).
Elsewhere, in his letter to the church at Galatia, he expands on this idea of “fruit,” writing,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
It is often the case, that we will look at Paul’s “fruit of the spirit” list(s) and say to ourselves “I really need to work on ‘kindness,’” or another might say “I need to work on ‘joy.’”
The issue with this mindset, however, is that when we try, by our own effort, to “work on” areas of lacking in our conduct, we’re missing the point. The phrases “fruit of the light” or “fruit of the Spirit” tell us something about where the fruit originates. It does not spring up out of our own strong-willed effort, but instead from the Light, or the Spirit. In essence, the fruit springs up from God.
Therefore, it is not in our own striving that our conduct changes. Instead, our conduct changes as a result of the work God does in our lives, and He will only do that work if we walk in the light, or walk in the Spirit. The fruit we bear is a natural overflow of our constant connectivity to God, through Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As you continue, this month, to reflect on what it means to walk in the light, I want to leave you with this charge: Stop striving by your own strength and, instead, connect daily with God through prayer, scripture reading, and worship.