Summary: Lent 2 (B) midweek. By grace Christ has changed us from sons of disobedience to children of God. Therefore, we do not walk in sin, but we walk in His path of righteousness, doing the works He has prepared for us to do.
May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Thy sight,
O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.
“Ashes of Disobedience”
How is your walk with the Lord? How is your faith walk? It’s a question that we hear asked within Christian circles nowadays. The question is asking about one’s spiritual life. Lent is a time for self-reflection and self-examination. So it’s an appropriate one to ask ourselves during Lent. So, how is your faith walk? It’s a two part question. How is your faith, your believing as it were. And how is your faith lived out, your walk. Does our walk, that is, do our lives, align with and match the faith we have, or the faith that we say we have? Another common saying to the same end is, “You may talk the talk, but do you walk the walk?”
St. Paul in writing to the Ephesians talks about the faith walk. All people have a faith walk, whether they realize it or not. Paul starts in our text with the "sons of disobedience." The sons of disobedience have a faith walk. It’s more like a no-faith walk. For Paul tells us that the sons of disobedience walk in trespasses and sins. The sons of disobedience walk in the ways of the world. They follow the “prince of the power of the air.” More bluntly, they follow the devil.
So what is a “son of disobedience.” We can look at that two ways. A son of disobedience can mean one full of disobedience. Just like a can of beans is a can full of beans. What kind of disobedience? Sins and trespasses. They go together, you see. We can too easily think of sin as an abstract “spiritual” problem. But the sons of disobedience are full of both sins and trespasses. What is a trespass? Walking where you are not supposed to walk. The sign is posted "No Trespassing." It means don't walk here. To walk there is to trespass. It is going where you should not go, living as you should not live. Trespasses are sin lived out. And these sons of disobedience were full of both.
The second way of looking at the sons of disobedience is sons from disobedience, the product of disobedience, the descendants of disobedience. The sons of disobedience are the descendants of Adam and Eve. For sin entered the world by their disobedience. It changed the Garden and creation from the ways of God, to the way of the world, the way of self. So, then, just who are these sons of disobedience? No matter which way we look at it, sons full of disobedience, or sons from disobedience, the answer is us. Listen to what Paul says: they live in the passions of the flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and are by nature children of wrath. And this he says, was us. Me. You. All of us. Just like all mankind. We carry the mark, the ashes of the disobedience of our parents. Our hearts were sooty and grimy. And not our hearts only, We were children of disobedience, full to the brim with the ashes of our passions and desires.