Summary: Ephesians is a letter from Paul that tells about all we have as part of the Family of God. In it seven times he talks about our walk. As God’s children our life should be charactirized by a walk of gratefullness/thanksgiving. Grace is what grants a gra
Intro: Ephesians is a wonderful letter written by Paul that talks about us being part of the family of God. One of the main themes of the letter is the Lordship or headship of Christ. The only way the body will ever be truly united in missions, evangelism, praise, and thanksgiving is to be under the leadership and headship of Jesus.
Chapter 4 calls us as Christians to Maturity. 4.4 is a call to no longer be children. We are to no longer stumble around like toddlers but are challenged by Paul to walk steady under the Lordship of Jesus. Listen to the way Paul talks about our mature walk in this Letter
1) 2.2 Our former worldly walk
2) 2.10 Our working walk
3) 4.1 Our worthy walk
4) 4.17 Our warning not to walk as the gentiles walk (change the culture not it change you)
5) 5.2 Our walk in love
6) 5.8 Our walk in the light
7) 5.15 Our walk of careful conduct (circumspect)
If we are talking about gratefulness or giving thanks, what is the source? Is it something that we conjure up based on how we feel? Is it a response to the circumstances of life? ‘
According to Ephesians 5.20 we are to give thanks to God the Father for all things. You mean that I am supposed to be thankful for someone treating me bad, for someone cheating me, for someone robbing me? Yes. What we find is that this type of thankfulness is not a natural reaction. Instead it comes from our being filled with the Holy Spirit of God and living or walking supernaturally.
Ephesians 5.18 tells us to be filled with the Spirit. It means to be grounded, guided and controlled by God’s spirit. As adopted children of God we are saved, sealed, and secure that is our basis for thanksgiving.
I. Our walk of thanksgiving begins with the Spirit
John 16.8 tells us that when the Holy Spirit comes he brings conviction of sin. Until we see that we are sinners we have no need for a Savior. As you read the Bible you will discover that sin has no human solution. In the Old Testament we read the history of a people offering sacrifices not just yearly, monthly, weekly, but daily they must continue to offer sacrifices for some sin. There is no human solution for the sin problem. But while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. There is a solution and it came from God. If the Spirit of God has shown you the depth of you sin and it led to salvation that is the first step to thanksgiving. No matter how anything is going you have salvation in Jesus Christ.
George Barna just recently completed a survey of Americans and found that 87 percent of Americans claim to be born again Christians.
Now listen to the wise words of Adrian Rogers.
“How terrible not to be grateful to God, and yet in America all around we can find those who are grumbly hateful rather than humbly grateful.
If 87 percent of Americans are Christians why are so many appear to be so un-thankful?
Ephesians 5.18 tells us to be filled with the Spirit. Be saturated with God’s spirit. Be still and know that He is. Take time to spend in prayer and study of God’s word in a quiet place where God can fill your soul with Manna from heaven. When we are saved according to 1.13 we are put into an eternal un-lockable zip lock bag called the Holy Spirit. Believing on Jesus we are sealed. That means that we belong to the Body of Christ. To the church all that call Jesus Savior and Lord. There is only one baptism in the Spirit. That happens at the moment of salvation. However there is an ongoing filling with the spirit. Be filled, means submit to the control of the spirit. The Greek verb is in the present tense and it means walk through life surrendered to the spirit of God and the will of God.
No matter what people think of the decisions you make, no matter what peoples opinions of you are, no matter the difficulty of the decision, or the job. Get so saturated so controlled that you are not only part of the Body, your body is Christ’s.
Thanksgiving is the song of a soul that is truly satisfied. Lasting satisfaction comes from salvation in Jesus, and saturation in the Holy Spirit. Singing songs to one another and making melody in your heart comes from a life that is in melody with God’s plan. What is God’s plan for your life? Are you called to be a missionary, a pastor, a school teacher, a police officer, a government worker, a grandparent, an administrator, a husband, a wife, or even a child? Do so with thankfulness for all things.