Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
(Ephesians 5:3-5 (NIV))
I want you to read the passage again. I know that I have read it multiple times to let it sink in.
Did Paul actually mean what he wrote?
Were these words Paul’s or were they the teachings of Jesus and the early church?
How do we live up to these words?
Would we be considered sexually immoral? Would we be considered impure? Are we greedy? Are we guilty of foolish talk and coarse jokes?
We may not think so, but what do we know? We can’t see the log in our own eye!
It is so difficult to read passages like this and be honest with ourselves. We simply fail to recognize our own sins for what they are. We can easily spot someone else’s sins, but ours are a different matter. To be honest, we have rapidly moved away from being able to spot someone else’s sins. We look at sin as an alternative lifestyle. Doesn’t that sound so much more acceptable to say an alternative lifestyle instead of labeling it what it truly is in the eyes of God?
I often wonder what Paul would write to the church today in this country. I often wonder what Jesus thinks of His church today in this country. Are we living up to the standards that have been laid out before us?
Are we truly being what Jesus is calling us to be?
Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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