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Follow God’s Example

Ephesians 5:1-2

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 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.

Yesterday in the sermon I asked the question – Do we really know Jesus? I reminded us that to really know Jesus is to reflect Jesus to a lost world. People should be able to see Jesus in us and through us. Our lives should reflect Jesus. We are called to be His ambassadors.

Reflecting Jesus is not easy – but it is what we are called to do. We tend to find it easier to represent our school or our state or our favorite team – than represent Jesus. We are less bashful to represent our favorite candidate for president (except maybe last election) than we are to represent Jesus.

We’ll wear perfume or aftershave that announces our presence to everyone in the office but have a struggle letting people know we are Christian. Some of us will go out of our way to make ourselves known to strangers at a party but are shy when it comes to talking about Jesus.

The world has pressured us by making it politically incorrect to talk about Jesus – to represent Jesus. It is almost like we are back in the days of Rome’s control when if people stood up for Jesus they would be arrested or crucified. I pray it doesn’t get that bad for us in America – but it is that bad in parts of the world.

Today’s passage tells us to follow God’s example. Here it is in partial context. Ephesians 5:1-7 – 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 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. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 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.  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.

In order to reflect Jesus – in order to stand up for Him – we must sin less – we must walk in the path that Jesus set before us – we must love as Christ loved. It is not easy. It will require sacrifice and commitment. Yet – if we reflect Jesus – if we follow His example – others will come to know Jesus and they will be saved. That is our calling – to go and make disciples.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 17, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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