Formations lesson for March 6: Living in the Light : Friday, Feb. 11, 2005
February 11 2005 by Jeffrey Wisdom

Formations lesson for March 6: Living in the Light : Friday, Feb. 11, 2005
Friday, Feb. 11, 2005

Formations lesson for March 6: Living in the Light

By Jeffrey Wisdom
Focal Passage: Ephesians 5:8-14

I vividly remember a dream I had as a child. At the time, it seemed very real. The dream was about three desperados dressed in cowboy suits walking with their guns drawn ready to do me in.

As they walked toward me, I would scream for my father to rush in. Each time he would come to my door and cut on my light, and the desperados would disappear. However, each time he cut off the light, the three would reappear with their pistols ready.

The only way I could dispel the danger they posed was to turn toward the wall beside my bed and away from them. As long as I did not look at them, they were no danger to me.

Similarly, every believer has days and nights when the desperado comes gunning for him or her. We all have times when darkness seeks to engulf us. "For we were sometimes darkness ..." (Eph. 5:8a). When those times come, scripture calls on us to call on the Father, who cuts on the light and dispels the darkness around us. "But now are ye the light in the Lord: walk as children of the light" (v. 8b).

After that, however, what is the believer to do? Once the darkness is gone, what is next?

Turn away

Eph. 5:9-10

First, turn away from that danger - look away. "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret" (vs. 9-10).

Take responsibility

Eph. 5:11-13

Second, take responsibility for your relationship with Christ. The "Quotable Quotes" column in Reader's Digest once read: "You can't run a society or cope with its problems if people are not held accountable for what they do."

The same is said of religion. Until persons take responsibility for their faith, desperados will dog them. "But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth manifest is light" (v. 13).

Responsibility and light also implies a sense of transparency. In a society so deeply steeped in privacy, allowing one's faith to be transparent is an alien notion. Many believers would rather suffer alone than become vulnerable to anyone and let their faith - their inner, deepest sense of faith - be seen.

Only occasionally do persons of faith let their guard down and become vulnerable to one another. For Baptists, confession is a solitary activity. However, revival, in the sense of congregational trust, will only occur when confession is done openly in front of one another.

What's important?

Eph. 5:14-17

Third, do not be afraid to actively determine what is important to your faith experience - decide what you will fight for, die for and live for. Seventeenth century clergyman Charles Colton said, "Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it." In other words, do not be afraid to wake up to what is important to you. Do not be afraid to make the most of your faith, living it for Christ and Him alone. "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (vs. 14-17).


The next time you are faced with desperados gunning for your faith remember to call on the Father whose light can fill a room and dispel the danger, then turn away from what poses a danger to your faith, taking the necessary precautions for its well-being.

Happy trails!

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