“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” – Ephesians 5: 11
Satan is ever trying to destroy the purpose of God. He is especially delighted to wreck the plans God has for His children. One of the best weapons he uses is distracting them from the path God has set for them. The devil targets the individual productivity which brings them closer to the purpose God had set for their lives – the dream given to them by God like Joseph’s.
Satan does not counter productivity by laziness but by fruitless deeds. They will be busy as always. But their deeds will not produce any fruit. It will be useless at the end.
“Deeds of Darkness,” Paul is referring to in this passage, is the bait Satan uses to derail the purposeful journey of the Christians towards the dream God has given them. They are sinful things which produce fruitlessness in a believer’s life. Striving hard to live a God-pleasing life and yet failing to produce fruit is the worst failure one can face in the Christian life! It ultimately destroys the dreams.
As a result failure sets in and sense of fulfilment becomes rare in life. In this way a man can exist but fail to live a fulfilling life. By achieving this, Satan produces more dead men who walks yet fails to do anything which brings glory to God.
What is the solution?
Paul advises Romans to ‘put aside the deeds of darkness’ and ‘put on the armour of light’ (Rom 13: 12). To overcome the fruitlessness in life and to gain victory over the deeds of darkness, we ought to put on the armour of light. The spiritual weapons Paul prescribes in Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 is a comprehensive check list for Christians against the deception of Satan.
Let us rely on the grace of God in each and every step of our lives. By His grace we can reclaim our shattered dreams. By putting on the armour of God we can destroy the deceptive schemes of the devil. We can be victorious and lead a fulfilling life.