When it’s too dark for you to walk safely or read a label, you just shine a brighter light. God shines an even brighter light. Be sure you can see it, and then be it.

Notes And Next Steps

Ephesians 5:3-20 + Part 7 of the series “Masterpiece in Progress: Ephesians"

We fumble around using smaller lights trying to find our way, instead of seeing that God fills the space.

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. (Ephesians 5:11-12)

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)

The entire environment is changed by God’s brighter light that he shines like flipping a light switch, like the sunrise on a new day.

Jesus experienced your darkness.

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)


      1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
      2. Some say that “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14) was a creed of sorts, spoken when early Christian adults were baptized or a song sung on Easter Sunday. What makes that so fitting? How could this verse help you live more in the light?
      3. Is there any area of your life where you blend in with non-believers in your speech, thoughts, actions, even entertainment choices? Pray for the light of God to shine in that area.
      4. Read Isaiah 50:10-11. What is the contrast between God’s light and the lights we like to create? Which words in Ephesians 5:3-20 relate?