If someone was to look at your life right now, what would they see? What about if they could see your heart?
The Ephesians were pretty crazy. They lived life to the full, and then some. It was a huge place, and in the middle there was a Temple to the Goddess Artemis. The thing is, the worship of that goddess involved lots of dodgy things including prostitutes. That was part of the identity of being an Ephesian.
But when people become Christians, the old ways of life, the old patterns and habits are set aside. They no longer define us. We are called to put off our old self, to live in a manner worthy of the gift of grace we have been given, and to be made new in our attitudes. In short, we are called to be holy.
In reality for us, this probably doesn’t have much to do with prostitutes. For us, it is more about speaking the truth. Not sinning when we get angry. Not stealing (not even penny sweets from the tuck shop). Not speaking in “unwholesome” ways – not talking about other people in a horrible way, or talking in a cheap way about sex. Not getting into fights.
Instead, we should be kind and compassionate, seek to build one another up in what we say and how we say it, and forgive others, just as we have been forgiven.
We might not always get it right, in fact, this letter is being written because the Ephesians didn’t always get it right. But we are never far away from the grace of God, given as a gift to us all.
Lord God, we pray that we would live lives worthy of your calling and worthy of the gift you have given us. Help us put aside the behaviour from our past and live out of our new identity in you. Amen.
Is there anything God is calling you to stop doing? Find a friend you trust to pray about it with and keep you accountable to stopping doing the things that are our old identity.