December 8, 2020

Ephesians 5:13-14

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”


Have you ever been amazed by the moon? As a child I spent many hours pondering the moon: What made this big chunk of rock light up night after night and why was it there?

When the moon isn’t in the path of light from the sun, it is darkened, sometimes hidden. Then, when it crosses into the light from the sun it shines brilliantly, offering light, illumination, even becoming a source of direction to those who hold it in their gaze. It’s as though it was put there on purpose. Spoiler alert: it was!

According to Ephesians 5:13-14, our lives are like the moon. This Scripture speaks to how our lives are illuminated by the light of Jesus. His work within us heals us, redeems us, guides us, and as as Jesus’s light brightens up the dark parts of our life, we reflect his goodness and power to others.

What might happen in our world as Jesus’ light shines in you and reflects off of you? Take a moment today to ponder this, asking Jesus to illuminate more of the dark places in you. Ask him to radiate and reflect off of you, causing others to step into his life-giving light as well!


— Phil Emery