August 31/Ephesians 5

Verse 1 > To little children their parents are their heroes so they imitate what they do. The other day Pastor Jeremy’s 3yr old daughter Vesper brought her little table into the living room. Then she got her New Testament and stood by the table. Using the table as a podium she opened her testament and started preaching! She is starting to get to know her daddy and she is beginning to imitate or mimic him.

With children in mind the Apostle Paul says that we should imitate or mimic our Hero Heavenly Father God. If we are to do that we must get to know Him. Our Father reveals himself to us in our Bibles. Read his word and see what He does. He forgives. Forgive! He loves. Love! He is kind. Be kind! He is tenderhearted. Be tenderhearted!

Verse 2 > Another way to imitate our Father is to watch in the Word our older brother Jesus who is very intimately acquainted with our Hero Heavenly Father. Like Jesus don’t move in and out of love. Be consistent. Sometimes love takes a sacrifice on our part. Some people are easier to love than others. Christ sacrificed himself for all people, lovely and unlovely. We should do the same. This is what pleases our heavenly Father. Let the thought of living in love occupy our minds so that we will be thinking about ways to love people. One main goal of love is to rescue people from sin. > see John 3:16

Verse 3 > The true agape love of God unselfishly gives, these things here selfishly take.

Verse 4 > Being a pipe welder for a few years taught me that filthy minds crave filthy stories and jokes and attention. Our Hero Heavenly Father would never even think of such things. Neither should we. Take your thoughts captive to obey Christ. Impure thoughts will come into our minds from time to time but we are under no obligation to entertain them.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) — 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Verses 5-7 > Remember that what you plant you will harvest.

Galatians 6:7 (NLT) — 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

Verses 8-12 > God exposed the mud pit you were living in. His light showed you the filth of sin. Don’t crawl back into it. the difference between the prodigal son and the pigs was that when the prodigal realized he was in a pig pen he got out. The pigs stayed. You were once trapped in darkness (the mud) but now Jesus, the Light of the World, set you free!

1 Peter 1:14 (NLT) — 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.

Verse 14 > Sin lulls us into thinking we are alive when we are dead. The intent of the message of Christ is to wake us up to see reality. This is like a person coming out of a drunken stupor or a drug induced high; all of a sudden reality sets in. But without Jesus the person will go right back to the drink and the drugs.

Verses 15-17 > Some people mindlessly eat to their own physical demise. Others mindlessly live to their own spiritual demise. Think about what you are doing!

Verses 18-21 with the emphasis on 21 > Being drunk is self serving and can lead to the destruction of others. Being filled with the Holy Spirit leads to submission which serves others and builds them up.
Submission is not the order of authority which seeks to be served. Submission is the operation of authority which seeks the well being of others. All of us looking out for one another. The wife wants the best for her husband. The husband wants the best for his wife and they both want what is best for Jesus and the church. The church wants what is best for Jesus.

We don’t have to figure out how this live is to be lived. Phew aren’t you glad? Like children who have no worries they just imitate their parents. We are God’s children who have no worries. We gave them all to Daddy right? > 1Peter 5:7 All we have to do is imitate the one who authored this life; our Hero Heavenly Father!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul asks wives to submit to their husbands and husbands to love their wives. He stated it this way because this order of things challenges human nature. Most men are not naturally romantic and it can be hard to express love while women are asked to submit to their husbands even when they know better. To live out this plan both have to learn from each other and look to Christ for guidance.