How Do We Live?-May 20, 2012
When we look at how to live the Christian life, we may be tempted to look at the dos and don’ts rather than shifting our perspective. When we become involved in “stinkin’ thinkin’” and forget to focus on gracious praise we lose focus of Christ and His great gracious sacrifice and begin to live lives that are far from where God wants us to be.
The scripture begins with reminding us to be imitators of God as beloved children. Imitating God we walk in love and light. Verses three and four tell us not to practice immorality or impurity and to watch how we talk. So in short be aware of what we do, how we think, and how we talk, instead use our lives to give thanks and be a blessing.
In living the former way, we know that is not the way of the Lord. Don’t let others try to convince you or deceive you with empty words. They are telling you these things to justify themselves rather than honoring God. Don’t live as they do, you were formerly darkness, but not you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.
Light exposes the dark things but also purifies. Fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth, trying to learn what is pleasing to God. It is something we can and should learn more and more if we are to be imitators of God and his light bearers. The darkness is called unfruitful and the light exposes what is done in secret. So wake up, and Christ will shine on you.
Walk wisely and make the most of the time, because the days are evil. Do not be filled up with the intoxications of this world but be filled and moved by the Spirit. Speak to one another with hymns, psalms, making melody from the heart not just the voice. This is how we live, giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God even the Father; and serve one another as it honors Christ.