Family is an important topic in the Bible. What a family should look like and how a family should act and behave with one another is spoken of multiple times throughout scripture. Here in Ephesians chapter 5 verses 22 through the end of the chapter, we see yet another description of how husbands and wives are to interact with one another. Wives are to respect their husbands. They are to give them the place of leadership within the family. However, that leadership is to be a servant leader. Husbands are to love their wives. That is the essence of servant leadership. One cannot truly lead another, without having a level of care and compassion for that person.

In the instance of family, the husband should care so deeply about his wife that it’s as if he was leading himself. Because of that level of care and compassion, wives can have great respect for their husbands and for the leadership position that they are to hold in the family. When we look at our families today and when we look at society today, we could all stand to have more servant leadership. When we look at our own family, how does it compare to the scriptural mandate given here? How do we need to change to take on the attitude of Christ and to demonstrate that attitude through the families that we are in?

While reading Ephesians 5:17-21, one phrase in verse 19 really stuck out to me. Do I “make melody with my heart to the Lord?” We can sing beautiful songs and we can say wonderful things about Christ, but what is the song of our heart? Do we long for Him and desire Him above everything? ¬†Does our heart make a beautiful melody to the Lord? As we go through today, let’s focus our hearts on praising Jesus Christ. If our hearts are praising Him, then our mouths and our lives will praise Him as well.

Paul continues discussing the light and the dark. In Ephesians 5:11-16 we see additional differences between living a life in the light and living a life in the dark. Many times people trying to hide what they do. They’re either ashamed of what they’ve done, or they know that what they’re doing is wrong and they don’t want anyone to know about it. They do their actions in the dark. Paul warns that eventually, the light of Jesus Christ will see everything that we do. Are we living our life wisely? Are we living our life in a way that we would embrace the light or are we fearful of the light exposing what it is that we do? As we go through today, examine our thoughts and motivations and actions based upon the light of Jesus Christ so that we have no surprises later on.

Are we of the light? In Ephesians 5:6-10, Paul encourages us to not be deceived but to walk as children of the light. He then defines the light as being the things of goodness and righteousness. The light is Jesus Christ. As we walk with the characteristics of Jesus Christ, we will see all that he has for us and others will see him through us. We will also not be deceived. So many things in this world seek to turn us to their own for their own purposes. They try to deceive us to gain our allegiance, power, influence, attention, and so many other things. We must never be deceived. As we continue to focus on Jesus Christ and to walk in the light that he has given us, we will find ourselves more than able to determine what is truth and what is a lie. What are we focusing on today? Are we committing ourselves to walk in the light?

What comes out of our mouth is a reflection of what is in our heart. In Ephesians chapter 5 verses 3 through 5, Paul explains this in detail. He talks through the fact that silliness, coarse jesting, filthiness, and immorality are never things that characterize the speech or conduct of someone who claims Jesus Christ is Lord. Everything we say and do, if we truly have Jesus at the center of our life, should be reflection of the characteristics of Jesus Christ.

How would our words define us? Would we be embarrassed or offended for our preacher, our mother, or anyone else to overhear what we say on a regular basis? Regardless of where we are or who we are with, Jesus always hears what we say. Are we living today speaking and acting in such a way that brings glory to God? If not, we need to question where our focus and commitment truly lies.

Are we an imitator of God? In Ephesians 5:1-2 we are given a command and also the means by which to fulfill that command. First, Paul tells us that we are to be imitators of God. We are his beloved children and just as our small children try to imitate what we do, we are to imitate what God does. How do we do this? That is answered in verse 2. We are to walk in love.

The love that is mentioned here is a sacrificial love. We see that Christ has sacrificed himself for us because of his love of the father, and because of our love for God we are also to sacrifice for others. Do we love other people? Do we demonstrate that love to them through our actions that show the love of Christ? We cannot become more like God unless we love as God loves. Does our life imitate God today?

Ephesians 4:17-32 has so much contained within it. We see in these verses our choice. Each and every moment of the day we have a choice. We decide whether we are going to choose to think and do the wrongs that are accepted by the world. Or, we are going to choose to do what is pleasing to God. Make no mistake, this choice sounds much easier to make now than in actuality when we are presented with it in the moment.

No matter what we have been through and what is presented to us, we are responsible for putting on the new mind we have received in Christ and choosing based on what God would have for us. What choices do you need to make today that will demonstrate that you are using your new mind that is in Christ Jesus?

We’ve been talking about unity and purpose, but what are the point of these things? When we look at Ephesians chapter 4, we see in verses 14 through 16 that there is a definite reason behind why we are to be unified in our purpose for Jesus Christ. What is that reason? We are designed to grow. Growth does not just happen individually, it also happens as a body of Believers together. We grow together as we are unified in our purpose and using the gifts that God has given us. If a group of Believers is together, but not growing, then those believers are missing either their unity or their purpose.

Paul compares the Believers to a child, calling them the body of Christ. When a baby is born, we expect it to grow, to develop, and to mature. In fact, if it doesn’t, we become concerned and wonder if there’s something wrong. The same can be said about a body of believers. We must grow and mature in our relationship with Jesus Christ together as a body of believers who are Unified and following God’s purpose for them. Are you part of it group of believers? Are you United with them? And most importantly, are you all growing and maturing in Jesus Christ together?

Yesterday we saw the importance of unity. Today, in Ephesians 4:7-13, we see that unity is not just sameness. People can be very different from each other and still be unified. Unity here refers to unity of purpose. We are to be united in Christ Jesus. However we are all different and unique in the gifts that God has given us to fulfill that purpose. We are designed to equip the saints and to build up others for service to the Lord. Are we using our gifts and skills to do that? That purpose is the reason we were given the skills in the first place.

The only way we can be unified is if we are using our gifts for the purpose of glorifying God and bringing others to Christ. Are we using our gifts for this purpose?¬† Continue Reading…

Unity. In Ephesians 4:1-6 we see Paul discuss the importance of unity. We have been called to unity. We have been called to be like Christ and Christ is unified. Paul lists so many attributes in these 6 verses like patience and love. These descriptions of true unity are important to understand and to ensure that we truly know what unity is all about.

Do we seek unity with other believers in Christ? Are we focused on all that we have and all that we need to do to continue to focus on unity? Unity does not just happen. Unity is the result of diligent focus on doing the things that lead to unity. Are we seeking after unity?