August 2, 2019

August 2, 2019

August 2, 2019
Ephesians 4:17-24
by Pat Tipton
Clergy of Old Union UMC (Church Hill, TN)
Appalachian District

In today’s scripture Paul is telling us to live as children of light. He talks about not living like the Gentiles who have lost their sensitivity and living immoral lives. Paul warns about living our lives in such a way we loose our sensitivity. The sensitivity he’s talking about can cause us to silence our conscience to the point of hardening our hearts.   He’s talking about our spiritual sensitivity. We are told to put away our old ways and become a new self.

As I think about this passage and what Paul is telling us to do this question comes to mind. Do you have the kind of life others want to imitate? That’s a huge challenge. Am I living my life in such a way that others see Jesus in the way I live? This brings to mind something a pastor friend said once. We were discussing a situation we were going through at church. He told me that certain people were jealous of me. He saw my confused look. He said, “I know what you are going to say.” I said yes,” I don’t have anything they can’t have.” His reply was “Right now yes you do”, “ you have a relationship with Jesus Christ they don’t have or understand.” I understood then what he was saying. I had that spiritual sensitivity Paul was talking about. I had a conscience and tried to live a life of my new creation in Christ. Today I challenge each of us to as ourselves, Do I live a life others want to imitate? If not, what do I need to change?