Badges of belonging
Ephesians 5: 8-14 (NRSVA)
8 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— 9 for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13 but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’
Most movements have something that identifies those who belong to it or follow it. A badge or a symbol.
Paul encourages his readers to live as children of the light, suggesting that our outward actions — flowing out of our goodness, righteousness and truth — might be our badge of belonging...
As I write this our country stands on the brink of being in lockdown due to Corona Virus. The fear and uncertainty rise daily and all of our usual ways of showing that we belong to the light are threatened, with uncertainty over worship and our other usual activities, but already new ways of showing we belong to the light are emerging as churches come together to serve their communities in new ways, shining light into the everyday dark places of isolation, loneliness, and fear.
What does it mean for you today to be a child of the light?
Where might you be able to dim someone else’s darkness?
Light of the World,
May your light shine brightly in us and through us who belong to you,
Casting out the darkness, lightening one another’s paths and bringing a sense of warmth and welcome to all who see it.