For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8).
Recently I read this verse again. Was it perhaps the two-hundredth time? I don’t know for sure, but over the years I have read and reread Ephesians on numerous occasions.
When I read it this time, though, suddenly it dawned on me that this verse doesn’t say what I always thought it said. It doesn’t say that we were once in darkness and now we are in the light. No, it says we were darkness and now we are light.
What a great work God has done in our lives! As He did at creation, He took nothing and made something. He has taken darkness and made it light.
We didn’t just have some darkness on the inside of us. Nor were we just in the dark. No, we were darkness.
But through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, God changed us. He transformed our very nature. We have now been made to be light.
As a result, we can shine that light for others. We can help others to see because we have been made light.
Thank God for His wonderful work in our lives!