In regards of the last post, it truly has been a long time since anything was added to the blog. So I find it fitting to continue on with the Series: Ephesians. I pray that through all of the blog posts in this series, God will show you new things. I also pray that you stay in His word frequently because it is a key component to growing closer to Him.
This post is going to be short and to the point, showing that with and because of Jesus we are called to be different.
Lets dig into Ephesians chapter 4!
While in a small group we discussed this chapter and the following three sets of verses allow us to see that we are called to be different.
“to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13 NIV)
“You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV)
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV)
These are the three sets of verses that stuck out to me and the last two especially draw an image in my mind on how we are called to be different. It seems to me that in the last two sets Ephesians 4:22-24 & Ephesians 4:31-32 is where it specifically addresses us as being different.
Notice in Ephesians 4:22-24 that it says “…to put off your old self…and to put on the new self…” We are to put our childish desires or the old self that was a part from Christ away and put on the self that is renewed in Christ when we are followers of Him. This passage makes me remember a similar theme in 2 Timothy 2:22-23 where it says “flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” The point I am trying to get across is that we aren’t called to be ordinary, we aren’t called to live in our pasts, but we are called to put our old self behind us and live in our new self. Our new self can only be found in Christ and He has called us to be different. He has set us a part from others and I believe His calling is for us to be an example to others, to lead others to Him.