If God is Our Father, How in the World do We Act Like His Kid?

In Ephesians chapter 5, the Apostle Paul continues his sermon on what it looks like to live as a Child of God. When we are born again, we are made new. It’s up to us, with the help of God’s Word — the Bible — and the Holy Spirit — to imitate God. That’s sanctification and it’s not easy. That’s why Paul wrote all his letters. He heard that all the churches he started all over Europe were having issues trying to walk the walk. They were influenced many false teachers sent by Satan to distract and divert them from the truth and from walking in the light. John wrote in one of his letters of encouragement…

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 NLT

Ephesians 5

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.

Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    rise up from the dead,
    and Christ will give you light.”

Living by the Spirit’s Power

15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:1-20 NLT

Is God telling us not to drink alcohol? No. He’s telling us not to get drunk to the point where the liquor takes over our lives. Jesus turned water into wine, not grape juice. Back when I was a prodigal, in my years as a wild child, I, as the daughter of a reformed alcoholic, drank a lot. I partied a lot. However, God had a purpose for my life because I survived college. Though I no longer drink like I used to, I’m not opposed to a glass of red wine now and then. More than one and my arthritis kicks up — go figure. Here’s my personal prodigal story in a podcast I did back in March…

Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands

21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 5:21-33 NLT

For the marriage part of this, I defer to Pastor Kris Langham’s lesson on Ephesians 5 in free Bible Study app, ThroughTheWord.org. I’ve never been married and he explains it way better than I ever could.

Intentional Living

Again I quote from the Ephesians Bible Study “Walking with Him Daily” by S. Beau Waldrup found in the free YouVersion Bible app

The Christian walk is not a hap-hazard free-will approach to life. God requires us to be very intentional about the choices that we make. To be wise in the things we choose to do and allow His wisdom to lead us. We are called to be wise with our time as well. In this day of electronic gadgets, there seem to so many things that are trying to take our time, but God asks us to be wise with our time, making the most of it. In this day, I feel that this requires us to be intentional about how we choose to use our time. This means, we must carve out sections of our day and give them to studying; sections of our day for praise to God; sections of our day for prayer; and sections of our day for doing these [things] with our family. After all, how can we know what is wise and unwise, if we do not spend time with God, who is the giver of wisdom? Plug in today; be intentional this next week to carve out time for communion with God on a daily basis. It only takes a short time to create a habit that can last a lifetime.

S. Beau Waldrup

It is super important that you study — don’t just read — the Bible for yourself!

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, to open your heart, mind and eyes to see the truth. That’s all you want! To seek the truth! You cannot go wrong if you follow the Holy Spirit‘s lead! And the free Bible Study apps make it really easy to get into the habit of studying the Bible every day…

Recommended Bible Study Apps:

The YouVersion Bible App: https://bible.com
Through The Word: https://throughtheword.org

Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!

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