The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer died in prison as a traitor to wartime Germany under the rule of Adolph Hitler. He said,


“Those who wish even to focus on the problem of a Christian ethic are faced with an outrageous demand-from the outset they must give up, as inappropriate to this topic, the very two questions that led them to deal with the ethical problem: ‘How can I be good?’ and ‘How can I do something good?’ Instead, they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: ‘What is the will of God?”[1]


In Paul’s analogy everyone works at something. The night shift includes work that harms us while the day shift includes work that protects us.


The dark night of evil is nearly over. The day of Christ’s return is nearly here. So let us get rid of the works of darkness that harm us. Let us do the works of light that protect us.[2]


The path through the dark is always injurious. In the absence of light, we have a constant risk of stumbling and losing our way. We are vulnerable to the creatures of the night, predators, and blind guides.



1 John 1:

But suppose we walk in the light, just as he is in the light. Then we share life with one another. And the blood of Jesus, his Son, makes us pure from all sin.



Again, we find ourselves back at the imitation of Christ. We walk in the light because that is where he walks. In the paths of light, we are purified from the works of darkness. The works of light are secure and protect us.



[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics ©1955 by MacMillan Publishing Company

[2] Romans 13:12

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