1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Father, this is an encouraging portion of Scripture for us. We realize that we are unworthy of such unimaginable goodness that You have bestowed upon us to make us day people, children of light, children of the day, to make us the very habitation of light as the light of Christ has come to dwell within us. We are overwhelmed that we’ve been taken out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. We’re overwhelmed that we shall never walk in darkness but always have the light of life. And we have hope in our hearts that some day we’ll enter into that eternal light where none of the deeds of the night life will ever exist. Father, help us to act like children of the day, particularly as we live in the world of darkness around us, that men may see the light like a city set on a hill that cannot be hid. And, Father, we also ask for those here who are night people and have heard this message and are in the night and it’s pitch black and they’re asleep in a drunken stupor, utterly insensitive to truth and virtue and to coming judgment, may the light dawn in their hearts, may the Spirit of God enlighten them, convict them of sin, draw them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, to turn from their sins and follow Him, to hate the darkness and love the light that they too might become day people, to look for the glorious day of heavenly joy. And these things we ask in the name of Christ. Amen.