“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”Ephesians 5:6-14
I can recall a time when I was living in Chicago and taking English 101 at the community college. I always loved to write but struggled grammatically in my writing. In English 101, you were required to write five papers which build in complexity. I remember the final paper being a research paper, and we were to find a partner to help with our final assignment. We would examine each other’s paper and make corrections as we prepared for our final draft. I remember a girl coming to me to ask if she could help with my paper. She asked me if I had a partner, and I said no, so we became partners for our English project.
We decided we would meet up on Saturday and go to the library to start the research for our papers. We ended up becoming good friends and she told me she liked me. I am not familiar with people liking me, so this was a new phenomenon. She stated that from the beginning she liked me and that is why she wanted to be my partner. I was shocked and thought it was because she really wanted to help me with my paper. She laughed at me and said I was so naive not to see that she liked me. She was a devout Catholic but not a Christian, and I soon started to have feelings for her as well. We started to hang out more, and we began to see each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. I forgot the “minor” details of her not being a Christian, and although I did not hid my faith, I was choosing to live in disobedience.
She had a brother who was younger and always up to no good. He asked me one day to take him to a friend’s house down the street. He asked me to come in, so I went in, but I told him that I did not want to stay long. I walked into a bedroom, and they were playing with a Ouija board, which I had been warned to stay away from. Her brother offered me a turn, and I initially declined, but they began to press upon me. I finally agreed to take a turn and rationalized that it was fake and thus, harmless. I asked a question that only I knew, and it revealed to me the answer rather quickly. I began to be frightened and then the spirit grew angry and refused to participate and the board spelled out that I “was not of them.” I would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever dabble in such things, but sin escalates quickly when you choose to walk in darkness. I am ashamed to even tell you that I entertained myself and others with the Ouija board, but Satan never takes a moment off as he seeks to devour you.
I look at the verses above and the command we are given to abstain from those who would draw us away from God. We are commanded to not walk with the children of disobedience as this was our walk prior to our conversion. We are no longer enslaved to walk in the dark, but we are to walk as children of light. We are not to partake in things that are ungodly, and our goal should be the glory of our Lord. We are to serve a new master, and we are to break ties with our old master and all those that follow him. This does not mean we don’t have friends who are unbelievers, but they should not be our closest relationships. I compromised my beliefs by dating someone who was unsaved and it led to me playing with the Devil on a Ouija board. I grew up in church and knew better, but when you walk in the dark, you tend to stumble on things you vowed not to do.
How about you, friend? Are you walking as children of disobedience by dabbling in things that are ungodly? Do you find yourself entangled in things that you have no business in? Are you walking in the light or are you stumbling in darkness? May we walk in the light, so that we don’t stumble, and may we seek to please our Father more than we seek to please ourselves. What will you choose today-to walk in darkness or to walk in light? May we walk close to the Light, so we dare not stumble on things that would take us from our God.