for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
by: Dale Rood.
There is an urgency to this passage: to “walk circumspectly”; “not as fools but as wise”; making the best use of time. Why? “Because the days are evil” (v.16). Recognize from whence you have come: “You were formerly darkness” (v.8). Paul was saying, “Do not live there anymore!” A number of years ago, we had a guest in our home and I was talking with this person about the counter-culture in New York City. I found it fascinating, but my wife rightly chided me for “dwelling there.” Paul reminded us that we have come out of that. Do not even think about it. You are now “Light in the Lord” (v.8). Live that way!