Monsters in the dark

Lay Servant Ministries


Ephesians 5:8-10 The Message (MSG)
You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true — these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.

Does anyone like the darkness? Do we imagine all kinds of scary things in the darkness? Monsters under the bed?

When I was a girl, my mom would send me to the cellar after dark for canned green beans or some potatoes to peel. Even though I knew where everything was on the shelves there, if my flashlight drew dim or went out, I was completely lost because I could not see. I was disoriented. Just like the verse I read from the Message version of the Bible, I had to grope or feel my way along the shelves, to the door and up the stairs. And even though it was night time, it was not as dark outside as it had been in that cellar.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want to live my life in the dark. I would stumble around and not do anything right. The version of the Bible verse above said the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true — God is the source of those things. Later in Ephesians is a list of fruits that God gives us when we live the way he wants us to live: we call these the fruits of the Holy Spirit. These are what grows in us when we live with Jesus in our lives.

Knowing Jesus is having a bright light to make our way plain. We can get on with it — with the good, the right, the true. My prayer for all of us is that we live with actions appropriate for daylight hours. Let us figure out what will please Jesus, then do that! Be involved in personal Bible study, small group study and venture out to take a lay servant class offered in our conference.

Mary Feit is the director of Lay Servant Ministry for the Great Plains Conference.