Summary: If we can not be humble before God, who is the Creator of everything, how can we submit to anyone else?
We have been learning from the Letter to the Ephesians. We can read the story of the beginning of this Christian church in Ephesus in the Book of Acts. Please open your Bibles to Acts, Chapter 19. Read along with me v1-6….
The Ephesians became Christians as they repented from their sins and believed in Jesus Christ as God who died for their sins. Before we proceed with today’s message, will you seriously think about the following questions:
Do you believe that you have sinned against God and you need to repent from them? Repentance is needed to become a Christian. Repentance means you will turn to God, who is Holy; and the only way to turn to God is through Jesus Christ! And so, “Do you personally believe that Jesus Christ is God who became a man on earth, died on a cross for your sins, was buried but on the third day rose again, and is now seated in heaven but will soon return to earth to judge the living and the dead?
If you are turning to God and truly believe that Jesus Christ is your only Savior and God, then you are a Christian and you have eternal life with God.
While we Christians wait for our turn to go to heaven, we are to make the most of the life given to us on earth. And as we noted last week, if you are not a true believer of Jesus Christ you can not make the most of life to God. Believe in Jesus Christ as your only Savior and God today!
And as Believers of Christ, we are already citizens of heaven. As Christians, let us make a commitment today to live a life worthy of our calling to heaven. Please open your Bibles now to Ephesians Chapter 5. Let us together pray our commitment to God’s Word……….
Read along with me Ephesians 5:15-33……….
We will talk more about husbands and wives next week.
You see, it is important for us to understand Ephesians 5:21 before we can proceed with the instructions for husbands and wives, as well as for parents and children and employees and employers noted in Ephesians 6.
And again, God’s instructions in Ephesians Chapters 5-6 are for Christians. If you are not a Christian, not depending on the grace of God, you will not be able to obey God’s Word. To make the most of life, we must first of all always depend on the grace of God. Daily thank God for His grace through Jesus Christ.
Now look again at v17 of Ephesians 5…….
We are not to be foolish! We are to understand God’s will; in other words, study your Bible daily.
And so, before looking at specific life situations, let us note the first 6 things we must do to make the most of life as Christians:
1. Daily depend on God’s grace through Christ!
Understand how great the love of God is for you!
2. Don’t be foolish; daily study the Bible!
3. Fully depend on God the Holy Spirit!
We talked about this in the last message. Are we getting drunk on something else? In other words, always yield to God the Holy Spirit first. In a practical way, always check your heart; Is God on the throne of your heart? And before partaking on anything, always pray first!