Romans 13: In the Light
I wonder sometimes if we as Christians do not communicate the idea that we are actually the bearers of light. In Romans 13, Paul draws a distinction between things that are done during the day and at night.
Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The difference between night and day is obvious. We are walking honestly as we would during the day. There is no hiding during the day, so we need to make sure that we are honest. At night, people cannot see what is going on, so it is easier to be underhanded or dishonest.
However, to walk in that light, we can’t do it on our own. We need to put on Jesus Christ. As our armor of light, we will have protection along that path. It is not easy to stay in the light. In fact, it seems to me that many of us shy away from honesty and transparency when we know we are doing something wrong. Staying in the light requires strength because we’re not perfect people. It takes strength to honestly face the human condition and recognize our true need for Jesus Christ.
That strength from Jesus means that we do not despair because we know that our God will forgive us. Even though we still do some things that are not right, when we are in the light, we are willing to come before God. We do not try to hide our shortcomings in the darkness, but we embrace the power of Jesus who overcame sin.
Christianity is not about putting on a front of deception. We are people who live in the light.