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From a Mother's Heart

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From a Mother's Heart

By Bea Wallen

 

Have no fellowship with darkness- Be children of light   As we read the Book of Ephesians, we’re reminded how wonderful our salvation is, and to know of our many spiritual blessings. (Ephesians 1:1-23) Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure. Now in whom, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7) God has showed us with his kindness, along with all wisdom and understanding, and has revealed his plan to us; centered on Christ. At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ- everything in heaven and on earth. As we continue to read the Book of Ephesians, we find the understanding of the unity of peace that comes from being a Christian (Ephesians 2:11-22). That all-are welcome to join God’s family; both Jew and Gentile. That the Gentile’s should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel (Ephesians 3:6). And to become one body in Christ Jesus. Chapter four warns us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, to be humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. For there in one body and one spirit- even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:3-6) There is much to be learned in the last few Chapters of Ephesians, which I am unable to get into this week’s writing. But most important is this, we are to be children of light. Not tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine and by the cunning and craftiness of men and their deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, and becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (Ephesians 4:14, 15) As believers we’re not to walk in darkness, and no longer live as the ungodly, for they are hopelessly confused. But be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in the righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:23,24) We are told in (Ephesians 5:8-11 NIV) We were once darkness, but now children of 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, have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Let you light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Darkness brings fear. And what do we want most? Light. We want direction, illumination. I can remember many times when we had sudden power failure at night. The house and everything around us was pitch black darkness. The children would cry out trying to find me. I remember them clinging tightly to me as I searched for a flashlight or a match to light a candle. As that light came on, the fear of darkness dissipated. Ephesians 5:8 says we are the light. Just as a flashlight draws power from its batteries we draw power from the Son of God, we don’t always have to be big to be effective. We just have to be on. No doubt, there have been many who have illuminated our paths through life. I am most grateful for all those who showed light to me, and gave encouragement. As we are obedient to the Lord’s commandments there will be those whose lives we may brighten also. Being switched on pleases the Lord. Stay on. Let your light so shine. From my heart.