Eph. 5:14 Let us put on the armor of light. – Rom. 13:12 Read… are you one of “the people who sit in darkness”? And do you love the darkness, because your deeds are evil? Has a ray- from the glory of God, in the face of Jesus, ever gladdened your soul? let us reason together. Perhaps you do not know whether you have passed from darkness into light? Come, then, and be not afraid to examine and decide.
1. If you are addicted to gross sins, you are a child of darkness, and therefore a child of the devil, and an heir of hell. If you practice any thing which you would not want others saw you do, you are a child of darkness, for you feel a desire that these doings of yours may be hid in night.2. You are a child of darkness if you do not perceive how the world lieth in wickedness. If the world is very pleasant to you; if its frolics, its gaieties, its dance, its song, are sweet to your taste, then, all is night with you. If you are never grieved at observing forgetfulness of God in the world’s business; if you are never made uneasy when reading the profane and ungodly attacks made in public newspapers.
2. You are a child of darkness if you do not perceive how the world lieth in wickedness. If the world is very pleasant to you; if its frolics, its gaieties, its dance, its song, are sweet to your taste, then, all is night with you. If you are never grieved at observing forgetfulness of God in the world’s business; if you are never made uneasy when reading the profane and ungodly attacks made in public newspapers on the cause of God. If your heart was never made sad by the thought, that these multitudes are on the way to hell, then “the darkness has blinded your eyes.”
3. You are a child of night if you reckon all points of doctrine very much alike. There are some doctrines which are essential to salvation. And it is essential to salvation to know your lost state as a sinner, and to lean on Christ Jesus alone. But if you see no greater importance in these truths than in a correct moral walk, and think that men may be safe if only they be sincere, you are a child of darkness, like a man at midnight, you cannot distinguish the relative importance of the objects around you.
4. If you do not work for God, you are a child of darkness: for you are sleeping in inactivity; and “they that sleep, sleep in the night.” Do you ever deny yourself for God? Do you give up this or that pleasure to prevent your mind being distracted or unfitted for his service? Do you rise a little earlier to obtain time for prayer, when otherwise you would be deprived of it? Do you redeem time? Do you visit the sick, send the gospel to the heathen, speak of spiritual realities to your friends, and all for his sake? If not, then you are not a child of light.
5.You are a child of darkness, if you do not see that Christ is the chief object presented to the sinner. And thus it may be with you; you may have had your convictions of sin, and your flashes of joyful hope; yet unless your soul has seen and felt Jesus and his finished work to be the source of all a sinner’s hope-his Son you are still in night. Whatever discoveries you have made in Scripture; whatever errors you have escaped from; however many sins you have given up; whatever sacrifices you have made; all this proves nothing regarding daylight in your soul, if Christ the Son have not filled it with his surpassing glories.
6. If you have not seen your vileness, and the filth of your garments of unrighteousness, you are a child of night. An Ethiopian cannot see his own or his neighbor’s blackness, if all is dark about him; and it is the same with the sinner. If he sees not that his own corruption, and his fancied robe of righteousness are polluted before God; if he think proudly of himself, have a good opinion of his heart, and trust that there is at least something worth in his deeds, he is in gross darkness.
7. Once more. He is a child of midnight who is unalarmed at sin. He is like a man in the depth of sound slumber; there may be death at hand, a sword may be hanging over his sleeping form; but still he is unconscious. 0 The less you feel your sin, the more evidence you give of being asleep; and “they that sleep, sleep in the night.” Awake, thou that sleepest.