Imagine you are lost in the bush. Night has fallen as you attempt to hike back to your campsite, and your phone battery is dead. You think there might be a trail up ahead, but you can’t see anything, and there are no signposts around. Then suddenly, someone appears along the path and hands you a fully-charged phone with Google maps open and the path locked in to get to your campsite. They walk with you, holding a flashlight to guide the way and help you get back to your campsite.
This is the picture Paul paints for us in this passage. We were lost, stumbling in darkness, but Jesus pulled us out of our transgressions and sins. Now we are free from the darkness and living in the light. We have no reason to return to the darkness to stumble about and get lost. We are in the light! Paul’s exhortation in this passage is to stay in the light — never returning to our old ways.
Lord, thank you for rescuing me as I stumbled in the darkness. Thank you for helping me cast off my old self and put on my new self as I live in the light of Jesus. Help me to continue living for Jesus every day, as I cast off the habits of darkness. Amen.