Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
I am convicted by the challenge to expose “the unfrutiful works of darkness to the light” [Eph. 5:11]. For a long time I assumed that meant making public the injustices or cruelties I encountered. I also assumed it meant pointing out other people’s sins to them. I think I was partly right in my understanding and usually very wrong in how I did it. But the biggest problem with my picture of exposing darkness to light was what I left out: myself. I am guilty of plenty of the sins listed in the verses just before Ephesians 5:7-14. Sins like putting others down, impure thoughts, and coveting. I am challenged that I need to bring my own sin into the light. Sometimes it means going public with them. Sometimes it means bringing them to the Light – God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit – in sincere repentance. Too often I let darkness hide out in my heart, not taking seriously the need to expose it to the Lord and to those around me who can help me live more like a child of Light.
How to pray for FBC
Pray that FBC is characterized by the fruitfulness of light in 2020. Ephesians 5:9 says that “the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true.” My prayer is that our relationships with one another, our community, and the Lord will be the kind where even a non-Christian will recognize goodness, rightness, and truth.
How to pray for our Community and World
Exposing darkness to light includes making known the injustices and cruelties in our society. But it is not enough just to make them known. We must also expose them to the light. We must shine God’s justice, righteousness, compassion, and love so the world sees the beauty of the light. I am praying that in 2020 the Lord will shine His character into our community and the world.