For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

Ephesians 5:8

One controversy in professional sports today is the matter of prayer on the field. Sometimes after a big play or a victory, a player will drop to his knees and thank God. Some people object to this practice.

One newspaper writer suggested that the playing fields should be off-limits to such religious practices. He said that anything having to do with God should be confined to church. To him, it’s “absolutely ridiculous” for people to talk to God anywhere else.

As Christians, we would disagree with this kind of thinking. But we sometimes give the impres- sion by our behavior that we believe it. We set Sundays aside to worship and serve God but act as if the rest of the week is ours to do with as we please.

For the believer, however, living for God is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week proposition. Notice Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 5. When he talked about walking “as children of light” (v.8), he wasn’t referring only to the way we behave in church on Sundays. When we are filled with the Spirit, we will exemplify compassion, kindness, humility, forgiveness, thankfulness, and love all the time. The Christian life is not for Sunday only. It’s a day-to-day, all-the-time way of life even on the playing field.

I read about a man who went golfing with four people that included Billy Graham. After the last hole he was asked what he thought about Reverend Graham. He angrily responded, ‘I don’t need anybody like Billy Graham ramming religion down my throat’. It was later understood that Billy Graham had not spoken one direct word to this man about anything religious but his very life reproved him.

All things become visible when exposed to the light. Friends, what effect does your life have on your workplace, your classroom, your friendships, your family? Paul ultimate point is that we are to hold all things up to the light of Scripture and the testimony of Christ to expose the dark- ness. Being all out for Christ means living for Him at all times and in all places.

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