8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…10 proving what is acceptable to the Lord…13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
I don’t usually go into expository teaching concerning the Bible directly, and I don’t know that I intend that here. That last verse, 13, hit me fresh when I read it on Saturday. I don’t know if I can explain why. I realized, today, its true significance for me, at this moment, before I studied the words and other Scriptures related to those words.
Last Friday, I prayed that God would give me a desire to communicate with and read of Him. I needed a refresher or reminder to be mindful of giving time to Him each day. It is so easy for me to forget in the mornings when I am getting ready for the day and in the rest of the day, for that matter. That prayer was answered the very next day when not only was I reminded at a good time in the morning, but, also, in that He made me mindful of the Word itself. Ephesians 5:8-13 were verses I had read many times, but this time I found it particularly interesting and desirous of study, something for which I had not had a desire in the eight years of this depression.
Today, I realized that in desiring to write about these verses and this experience, I was truly being a light, “approving” (according Vine’s Expository Dictionary) and making manifest what is acceptable to the LORD. It didn’t take me expounding from study of the verse to “make known” the truth of the meaning of the Word. It just took me writing about this answer to prayer. It only took me showing how these verses were true in my own life.
Too often I, and I am sure others, think that to really be a good witness of His word, I need to be able to study it in such a way that I would be able to formally teach it. I think less of my ability to make manifest than I do of a preacher’s ability. It just goes to show that it is true what is said in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 about all believers being members of one body, and there is a necessity for all members of that body. One part is not more necessary than another. It is just that, sometimes, one member of the body is more visible than another. Well…this part of the body, by God’s grace and truth, has just made the truth manifest, in being a light, in the simple thing of relaying an answer to prayer. If you are part of that body, you also make manifest by being a witness in and of that light.