In the 1st century people could be divided into two groups; Jews and pagans. After Jesus’ ascension, as the early Christians began witnessing to people, their focus was on the pagans. These pagans lived lives of darkness. Their lives were consumed with sin. But, when they gave their lives to Christ, they needed to begin living as children of light…
Paul talked about this in Ephesians 5. He said, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”
Paul says, “You were once darkness…”. These pagans had lived in the darkness and their lives were consumed by darkness. But, Paul tells them that now, after giving their lives to Christ they are now to live as children of light and light consisted of goodness, righteousness and truth.
Today, we are to live in the light. Our lives should consist of goodness.. righteousness and truth. Think about goodness. At times, someone may refer to another person as “good people.” That means the person is honest and has integrity. They don’t lie.. they are good people. They do what they say they will do.
Paul also said our lives should be marked by righteousness. We are not righteous but, we are made righteous by Jesus when we trust Him as our Savior.
And finally, Paul said we should be marked by truth. Truth means living lives of truth. Lives of honesty and integrity.
When someone speaks, they are either telling the truth or lying. We should be people who are known for telling the truth. We don’t lie and we don’t repeat lies.
Right now, we are in the midst of a campaign season. The television and radio is filled with campaign ad from various candidates. We have to be discerning when we watch these because many times, there is just enough truth in the ad to make it real and the rest can be “mostly true.”
But Christians shouldn’t be known as being “mostly true.” We should be people who are. 100% truth.
Let’s live as children of light… not darkness… may our lives be filled with goodness, righteousness and truth.