“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” —Eph. 5:17
Paul reminds us that Christians “were once darkness, but now are light in the Lord” (vs. 8). For that reason, he exhorts us, “Walk as children of light…finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (vss. 8-11).
We are told in John 1:9 that Jesus is “that true light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” He has delivered the truth and effected the only way for us to have access to the Father. By Jesus alone can we be made righteous. In so doing, we are able to receive and reflect (so to speak) the same light given to us by Him. How do we do that?
Eph. 5:17 is the answer. We walk in the light when we strive to learn and do all things according to God’s will (see Matt. 5:16). In as much as we were in darkness while we walked in rebellion to God, we can be in the light when we enter into Christ through the gospel and begin striving to do the will of God in all things. Let us therefore “no longer be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is”, that our light may shine.