I realize it has been quite some time since I posted on Ephesians. All I can say is life has been crazy and I needed a break from writing and deadlines. Between VBS, moving, and starting a new job, I became exhausted and in need of time to myself. But now I'm back. Hoping to get back into the routine of writing. I hope you'll stick with me as we continue to dive into Ephesians... So let's jump.
"You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil-- the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God."
Just let that sink in for a moment. Before, we were just like the rest of the world. We obeyed the devil and refused to obey God. I hope that you caught that before we were just like the rest of the world. We used to be like them but now, because of the work Jesus did on the cross. Because of the reconciliation that can occur between God and man, followers of Jesus are supposed to be different.
We shouldn't continue to act like or think like the rest of the world. We should not be living in sin. We should be different, changed, transformed. Check out the way Paul states this in his book to the Romans:
"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
People should be able to look at the way we act and the activities we participate in and know we're different. They should be able to see living, breathing, imitations of Christ walking around among them. Sadly, too often we all tend to look a little like to world. I know that there are times when I look at myself and wonder what's so different about me compared to the rest of the world. Because I know Jesus, I should be different. But often my actions and life don't reflect that.
What about you? Are you still refusing to obey God and obeying the devil in some part of your life? Can people look at you and tell that there is something different about you, or do they look at you and think, "Oh, she's a Christian?!? She doesn't act any different than I do. Why should I be a Christian?" Is the way you live your life different than the way the rest of the world lives their's?
Let's be different. Let's be the oddball, the anti conformist, and the peculiar ones. Because if we aren't different, how will the world see that they need Jesus?