“For you used to be darkness; but now, united with Yahweh, you are light. Live like children of light, for the fruit of the light is in every kind of goodness, rightness and truth -try to determine what will please Yahweh.” (Ephesians 5: 8-10).
In this chapter Paul was admonishing the people to stop living in the former way that they used to before conversion. There was great diversity in the things that Paul advised against: he warned against sexual immorality and greed, but also against empty talk and the use of course language.
But it is the sentence fragment at the end of the paragraph–“find out what pleases Yahweh”– that interests me the most. In other translations this fragment is expressed as “find out what pleases Yahweh.”
This verse excites me, though it may seem to be burdensome to some. For there is first the requirement for the believer to change, and second, the requirement for the the believer to find out how to change. According to the Word, He or she must actively seek out what that right way is, that Way which satisfies ELOHIM.
However, we must not see the things that we are asked of as burdensome. Yahushua says in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”And in 1st John 5: 1-4 it is stated: “Everyone who believes that Yahushua is the Messiah has Yahweh as his father, and everyone who loves the father loves his offspring too. Here is how we know that we love Yahweh’s children: when we love Yahweh, we also do what he commands. For loving Elohim means obeying his commands. Moreover, his commands are not burdensome, because everything which has Yahweh as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust.”
Paul gives us a “clue” earlier in the chapter as to how to please Yahweh. In the very first verse he says, “So imitate Elohim, as his dear children.” There is a widely known saying that “children are sponges”. The first couple years of a child’s life are spent absorbing information, actions, sights and sounds from those around him or her—particularly those of a father or mother. We must imitate our father to learn how to operate in His way and as his children. We will not mature if we are reborn but apart from Him. We must seek out his approval in everything that we do.