Verse For The Week:
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” [Ephesians 5:1-2]
The Big Picture:
This passage of scripture in a lot of ways is a continuation of our conversation from last week. Last week we discussed what it looks like to live in the light of Christ by putting off the old self and putting on the new self received by faith in Christ. This passage shares the practical application of what it looks like to live in the light of Christ. As we look at how to confront darkness and walk in the light, it’s key to really embrace verses 1-2. Walking in light is rooted in love by following the example of Christ.
Point 1 - Walking in light means imitating Jesus.
Embracing verses 1-2 is really foundational when it comes to fighting sin and living a life filled with love. In order to do this, we have to look to our Savior for an example. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us. It’s in this way that we can begin to walk in the light by imitating His sacrifice. Well, how do we do that? Reference Romans 12:1-2 which says that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. This is holy and pleasing to God. Living in the light starts with the posture of sacrificing our own desires for the glory of God.
Point 2 - Walking in light means fighting sin.
The reality is that we are all prone to sin. If this was not the case Paul would not spend so much time in his letters addressing the issue with the church. Here he gives some specific sins that Christians are to abstain from. As we read them, I think we can all agree that we are prone to wander and fall into sin most likely in one of the areas mentioned. Well, how do we fight sin? We are to renew our minds daily by the truth of God’s Word and embrace the new life we have in Jesus. In verse 4 it says instead of these sins, let there be thankfulness for God. The reality of the Gospel should create thankfulness in our hearts everyday.
Point 3 - Walking in light waking up and exposing darkness.
The imagery Paul uses here is of someone falling asleep. I think that’s a great illustration to describe the dullness we can feel sometimes as Christians as it pertains to sin. Verse 6 reminds us to not be fooled by those that excuse sin and that God is serious about it. The passage ends with the encouragement to live as the people of light and take no part in the deeds of darkness. This brings us back to the central theme of our time together in Ephesians 4-5 thus far is to put off our old self and to put on the new self in Christ daily.
What did Jesus do for us on the Cross?
What does it look like to follow the example of Jesus’ sacrifice in our everyday lives?
Would you say you have a tendency to be lulled to sleep when it comes to fighting sin?
What areas of your life do you sense the Lord calling you to wake up?
How has your time been with the Lord this week? What is God showing you?