“Too Heavenly minded to be any earthly good” Have you ever heard that kind of accusation being levelled at the followers of Jesus??
Granted sometimes it can be hard to see the practical nature of the faith we hold to and truths we confess, or how our hope actually translates into everyday life. But walking the talk is what matters.
It is for this very reason that the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus. He wanted to build them up in the reality of what God, in His amazing grace, was doing in their lives and in the church. But he didn’t stop there; he wanted them to be more than passive spectators, but to participate in that grace by demonstrating it in their daily lives. It’s for this reason that we can notice a dramatic shift in his letter at the beginning of chapter four; from lofty theology to street level practicalities. For Paul theology is not something that belongs in ivory towers; it’s a launch pad for living which finds expressions in every arena and circle of influence; from the office, to the kitchen table, to the nursery and even the marriage bed.
We are going to do a short mini-series through Ephesians four and five exploring the different ways our hope in Jesus works itself out in our everyday life. How His grace should inform our decisions, impact our relationships, and can empower us for all of life.
The overriding challenge Paul presents in these chapters is that we should seek to walk in a manner that is worthy of the calling we have received in the gospel. That is my prayer for our church as we engage in this study of God’s word. As followers of Jesus we want there to be an ever growing consistency between our confession and our conduct. Armed with the wisdom provided in this pastoral letter we strive to live in a way that showcases the beauty and power of all the Saviour has done in our hearts by living a worthy life.