Who? The Ephesians that’s who.
My men’s group is studying the book of Ephesians right now and tonight was just a dynamite study. It’s really cool when you can sit with a bunch of dudes who are trying to follow God. Even though some of us (me) have really screwed up histories, it’s awesome to get together, read the Word together and help each other become better men every week.
So we’re on Ephesians chapter 5 and it is such a powerful chapter where the apostle Paul really just lays down how Christians, and I think specifically Christian men, are supposed to live. It’s powerful because it becomes clear what our responsibility is as Christian men. We are to be imitators of God. We are to be an example for others to follow. It’s our responsibility to show what Christ’s love is all about.
And this is where it gets tricky. I think many Christians think that means we just point out how screwed up the world is. We must point out the flaws of the world so that they may be fixed. This is so far from the truth.
In fact, the bible says it is “shameful to even mention what the disobedient do in secret”. Instead, it says that we should live as “children of light”, or in other words, we should live as Christ said we should live. And through living as a pure example, then the bad things (things outside of God’s plan for us) of this world will become obvious in comparison.
So let’s take an example. I hear my fellow Christians belly aching about gay marriage and the straight marriage divorce rate all the time. Yet what if the Christian divorce rate was 0%? Wouldn’t people take note of that? And wouldn’t’ they be interested in seeing how that works? That’s what is mean by the phrase “living for Christ”. Though our example, people end up seeking out Christ.
So this is great stuff, because first of all it means we aren’t responsible for “fixing” the world. In fact we’re not remotely capable of it. But we are called to be that example, and we do have control over our own actions. Of course the problem with that is now I’m forced to look at the mirror and address my shortcomings (which are many. Heck, the post right beneath this one is calling out the Twilight Moms for being horny cougars!) So obviously I’ve got a ways to go, but that’s what’s so great about studying the Bible, and doing it with my bros. We can correct each other, help each other understand, and help each other grow.
Good times with the Ephesians.