Summary: PENTECOST 14(B) - Live the wise life by being filled with God’s Spirit and by being filled with thankfulness.
LIVE THE WISE LIFE
Ephesians 5:15-20 - August 21 2005 - Pentecost 14
Dear Fellow-Redeemed & Saints in the Lord:
In our society many people want to live the good life. They want to have a full life. The fact is as you cross into Nebraska, the state declares: "Nebraska -- the good life." Today the Lord reminds us there is more to this life on earth than just a good life or a full life. There is the wise life. We are privileged once again to gather together to look at God’s how to manual, how to live the wise life. In our day and age and society there are lots of how to manuals: how to eat the right food, how to stay healthy, how to fix and repair just about anything. Today we turn to the Bible, our Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth, the only perfect how to manual on how to live wisely.
When Jesus was speaking to his disciples, in the gospel of John he told them how he was the Good Shepherd: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). When we honestly look at our lives, we suddenly realize the thief today is really this world, isn’t it? The world around us comes to steal our time. It comes to destroy eternal pleasures of many well-meaning people. Satan certainly comes to snuff out eternal life. So we want to live the wise life.
We LIVE THE WISE LIFE when we are
I. Filled with God’s Spirit
II. Filled with thankfulness.
I. FILLED WITH GOD’S SPIRIT
This week take the time and read a chapter of Ephesians each day; and when you get done, start over. There is a lot of advice for Christian living in this little book of Ephesians. The reason for that was Ephesus was a very large metropolitan area. Ephesus was a well-known trade route. Ephesus was a city that was filled with all kinds of sin. Because of that, these believers were just staring out on their journey of a new lift of Christianity. Christianity was the new religion at this time. These believers had to face all of these challenges, all of these sins that surrounded them. The hardest part was that for the longest time they too once lived in those sins. When they committed them, they thought nothing about them. Paul came and told them, Christ died for you. Your new lives are now different. These new believers were not to walk in their former way of life in which they had grown up. They were now to live a wise life.
Paul writes in the middle of our text: "Instead be filled with the Spirit,” This spirit is the Spirit of God they had received by God’s grace. It was not the spirit of the world, not the spirit of sin. Paul describes one of those sins, doesn’t he? He says, "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery." We don’t hear that word debauchery very often. Debauchery means wickedness, immorality. This wickedness fueled by drunkenness leads to a living that does not care about anything else. Wine can dull the senses. These people had often spent their lives doing this. They didn’t know any better. Now Paul reminds these believers to now be filled with the Spirit, not with wine that dulls the senses, but the Spirit, which shows them the wise way of eternal life.