“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness” (Gen. 1:16-18).
The last thing we should bring out about day four is that it is the light, not the darkness, which is called to rule the day and the night. I don’t think we realize the greatness of our call as saints. We are not just called to conduct religious meetings, we are called to rule “in this present darkness.” We have a royal commission.
The above verses give us a picture of God making the luminaries first and then setting them in the heavens. This is the same with us. At first we were nothing, “dead in [our] transgressions and sins” (Eph. 2:1). “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4). We, who were nothing, are now made alive—we have life! Yet this is not the end of the story. Paul continues: “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). Not only are we alive, we have been raised up with Christ, set in the heavenly realms with him. Just like the sun, moon and stars were created and then set in the heavens, we have been created and raised with Christ in the heavenly realms. Simultaneously we live in heaven with Christ and on earth below.
Why have we been raised? Paul explains: “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). In the same way the luminaries were raised to shine, we were raised to reveal the expansive and unparalleled riches of God’s grace. We were set in the heavens to shine. The sun, moon and stars are God’s mercy on man; without them we would be left in the dark.
We are also God’s mercy on humankind; without us the world would be overwhelmed with darkness––there would be no witness of God on earth, no illumination in the night.
The amazing thing about what Paul said in Ephesians 2:1-7 is this: we do not merely have access to the King of kings; we reign with him. We are in the most privileged position of all creation; we are seated on Christ’s throne. This is mercy. This is grace. This is restoration. Consequently, we are called to rule over the day and the night, and to divide the light from darkness, just as Christ himself does. No wonder at the end of the fourth day “God saw that it was good.”
Prayer: Lord, let us realize that we are called, like the luminaries, to rule the day and night. God open our eyes to see that we have been seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. We have the most privileged position in all of creation. Save me from getting pushed around by the darkness, instead let the darkness flee as the light of Christ shines out from me.