I am part of our Inclusion Council where I work which is designed to ensure we focus on all folk being included and equal such as the recent international BLM initiative is trying to achieve.
One of our council members was explaining the challenges of being black in that a black person cannot hide their colour as a religious person could hide their faith to avoid persecution.
This struck a chord with me.
Ephesians chapter 5 verses 14-17 says this “Therefore He says: ” Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
My thought is that very quickly folk should know I am a Christian by how I live and how I speak. It must be as obvious as someone with a different colour skin to mine .
So, notice the encouraging reason Paul gives to wake up and carefully mind how we live: “Christ will give you light.” This is an outright promise that He will give us the help to do what we must do. Backed by this promise, we are to redeem the time “because the days are evil.” If his days were evil, what would Paul think of ours?
This passage reveals how the early church regarded time as it applies to a Christian. For us, all days – every period in which God’s people have had to live their lives by their God-given understanding, thus by faith – are evil. God’s truth has always run counter to the course of this world. Thus, the truth adds a peculiar, stressful difficulty to life regardless of when it is lived. On top of this, since each called-out individual ( a Christian in the true Biblical sense) has only one opportunity to lay hold on eternal life, and must overcome, grow, and prove his/her loyalty to God during that time, he/she must make use of every experience.
Conclusion, I am to live differently as, with the power of Christ in my life, I kick against the evil days in which I live and THAT will NOT go unnoticed!
Have a lovely day