Believers are called to be imitators of God. In this endeavor, believers are called to walk in love. Just as Christ walked the Via Del La Rosa as a sacrifice for the believer, the believer is to walk in love offering up herself as a sacrifice to God. This passage in chapter five mirrors the letter to the Romans where Paul once again in chapter twelve of that great tome beseeches believers to live their lives as “living sacrifices” (NKJV) because it is their “reasonable service”. In Ephesians, Paul pleads with believers to flee that which is ungodly.
The next admonition for believers is for them to walk in the light of the Lord. In the unregenerate state, mankind walks in the darkness and prefers the darkness. However, once the light of Christ indwells inside the human heart, a person becomes a child of the Light and is to walk in that light. Now, believers are not to revel in the fruits of darkness but believers are to expose the futility of in the pursuit of these fruits and show those around them the fruits of light which are the fruits of the Spirit. A believer is to show “goodness, righteousness, and truth” (NKJV).
To walk in wisdom means to redeem one’s time in a fruitful manner for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom on Earth. Paul urges believers not to be “drunk with wine” (NKJV) which only provides a temporary feeling of euphoria but to be filled with the Spirit. Believers are to encourage one another with spiritual songs and to be circumspect in their speech making sure their words are seasoned with grace. A wise believer seeks to live in a way that honors God.
Marriage is to be an earthly representation of Christ as the Bridegroom and the Church as His Bride. Just as there submission in the Trinity, there is to be submission in a marriage. Wives are to submit to their husbands. Simply, this means that the husband is the spiritual head of the family as Christ is the head of the Church. Husbands are called to love their wives and to imitate the love of Christ for His Bride. Just as Christ gave Himself for the Church, the husband is to give of himself to his wife. The husband is to put his wife and family needs above his desires. He is to cultivate an martial environment which provides for the security of the wife physically, emotionally, and spiritually so that she may develop fully into the person God is calling her to be and for the martial relationship to develop to its fullest potential so that the saying may be fulfilled, “and the two shall become one flesh” (NKJV). In this safe environment, the children develop into the people that God calls them to be and enter into healthy relationships because they have seen it modeled at home.
This submission is to be carried into the workplace. Believers are to do their work as unto God to please Him and not man. Employers are to treat their employees with respect showing no partiality for there is not any partiality in Christ
A believer must be prepared for battles that will come with each rising sun. At the Roman soldier was diligent in the care of his armor so is the believer to do the same with his life. A soldier would not think of going into battle not fully armed and prepared for that engagement.
As for being an imitator of God, I am reminded of a western landscape picture of snow capped mountains reflected in the still waters of a large lake. The lake is not the mountain but it reflected the majesty of the mountains. In the same way, our lives are to reflect the majesty of God.
The first application is to maintain the focus. The focus must be God. Secular organizations that maintain their focus have less strife and as it is in secular organizations even more so in the sacred organization known as the church because so much is at stake. There must be continuity between leaders’ public and private lives so that they have great influence among those who follow them.
A comparison between Psalm 15 and Ephesians shows the importance of integrity in the life of the leader. A leader must be blameless and have a reputation beyond reproach. A leader must be a person who keeps her word even if it is at great cost. Both texts stress the importance of abhorring sin and honoring the Lord with a life that glorifies Him.
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