Live By Example
Posted by Melissa
For a friend of mine it was boots. We were on a mission trip in a foreign country. Our team had taken extra boots and clothing to give away while we were there. My friend wasn’t planning on giving away his brand new boots, but on our last day in the village, he felt compelled to give them away.
Read Ephesians 5:1-5. Concentrate on verse 2.
What did Paul tell the Ephesians to do?
What does it mean to be an imitator of God?
How can we be a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God?
Verse 2 points out that Jesus is our example. How should this affect our daily lives?
Why should we keep sexual immorality out of our lives?
Why are the things listed in verses 4 and 5 bad?
What does this passage have to do with pursuing a life that reflects well on Christ?
Giving something up is never easy, yet in these verses, we’re called to give ourselves up as offerings to God. Paul wanted believers to understand what it really meant to follow Christ as their example, laying down every moment of their lives in obedience to the Father. To do that, some things simply cannot be a part of our lives. People can’t see God in our lives when our lives are filled with junk. When we live to please God, our lives will be more joyful because we won’t be bogged down by all the weight of sin.