Serve Others in Our Everyday Life!
Ephesians 5:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. Fri. November 20
Have you ever been around someone who is wearing far too much perfume or cologne? Or maybe you know a junior high boy that wears far too much Axe body spray! A little perfume can be very pleasant! But too much can drive us away, just like the smell of a dead skunk. Instead, Paul says that we should not live foul, impure or aggressive lives of greed, impurity and immorality, but lives of sweet and pleasant love. But how should we love? Like Jesus did! His love was sacrificial, forgiving, patient, kind, merciful, and gentle. He suffered for us and did not seek his own welfare. He spoke the truth about God and God’s love for the world. We do not “put on” good works in order to earn God’s love. That would be like putting on too much perfume in order to cover up the fact that we have not showered in a month. Instead, by faith in Jesus we follow him in love for others. Our faith in Jesus please God as we serve Him by serving others in our everyday lives (Matt. 25:31-40).