A Word from Curt…
Posted: September 19th, 2014
Social media has changed the way we view the world. Technology has made almost everything immediate and customizable.
We can look at what we want, when we want, where we want. We can check in on a friend’s vacation or a war in the Middle East… on our phones… as it happens.
We can instantly engage entire libraries and take online courses from prestigious colleges at low or no cost. If knowledge is power, then we have access to a lot of power!
We can “publish” any thought that crosses our mind, believing someone will “listen” (like you’re doing right now). We’re frequently reminded, though, that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should.
The information overload has made us impatient and selective. We’ve learned how to thumb through hundreds of pictures, posts and articles over a single cup of coffee, pausing only on things that interest us.
In all the clutter, we tend to see what we want… and ignore what we don’t. We migrate toward things we “like.”
It’s no surprise then that we sometimes approach the Bible like our smart phones. Most of us are guilty of skipping over Scripture like a hummingbird, hovering momentarily on a verse that catches our eye.
But we can’t treat the timeless Word of God like Twitter or Pinterest. God’s eternal truth must be studied and meditated on.
The book of Ephesians has a lot to say about our relationships… with God, family, other people, and the church. Paul exhorts us to understand our identity, appreciate our blessings, and embrace our responsibilities.
Paul assures us that followers of Jesus have been chosen by God, saved by grace, made alive in Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. But we need to read all of this letter in order to grasp the full message.
Take a moment to “thumb through” this instruction from the book of Ephesians and let the Spirit of God challenge and encourage you.
Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Be completely humble and gentle.
Be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Grow up; become mature.
Speak the truth in love.
In your anger do not sin; don’t give the devil a foothold.
Don’t steal from anyone; instead, do something useful.
Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit by the way you live.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, slander and malice.
Be kind and compassionate.
Avoid any appearance of sexual immorality.
Don’t be foolish; be careful how you live.
Don’t get drunk.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Keep a joyful song in your heart.
Have an attitude of gratitude.
Wives, respect your husbands and willingly yield to them.
Husbands, love your wives unconditionally and sacrificially.
Children, honor and obey your parents.
Fathers, don’t provoke your children, but teach to know the Lord.
Slaves, serve your masters well.
Masters, treat your slaves well.
Be strong in the Lord; put on the full armor of God.
Pray all the time about everything with the Holy Spirit’s help.