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Eph. 5:1-20 Living Life for Jesus

posted May 21, 2020, 9:31 AM by Jacob Boer

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

One of the saddest realities in the world is that there are always going to be some people who simply don’t want to be part of God’s family because of the expectations Jesus places on us in our daily lives. Jesus calls us to follow him, to carry our crosses (meaning that we willingly sacrifice our desires for Jesus’ and give our lives over to him for his purposes), and to shape our lives around loving God above everything and then our neighbours as ourselves. It is our choice and Jesus will honour our choice to be part of his family or not, and the way we show our choice is through how we live life. What so may don’t realize is that the way Jesus calls us to live when we choose to follow him creates full, meaningful, exciting lives that make everything and everyone around us better. The choice is yours; do you choose Jesus or do you choose yourself?  

Q. Can those be saved who do not turn to God from their ungrateful and unrepentant ways?

A. By no means. Scripture tells us that no unchaste person, no idolater, adulterer, thief, no covetous person, no drunkard, slanderer, robber, or the like will inherit the kingdom of God.