Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lifestyle Evangelism - Walking as Children of Light

Eph. 5:1-11; 15-16   Way Makers fulfill their call under the anointing of the evangelist.  In these last days, those who are lost and dying are looking for authenticity - the real thing.  In this passage of scripture, we are first admonished to imitators of God as well beloved children imitate their father (vs. 1).  One of the primary ways of doing that is to love one another and esteem one another just as Christ loved us (vs. 2).  Jesus said they will know that you are my disciples by your love for one another. 

Paul further urges us to put off the deeds of darkness and walk as children of light (vs. 8).  Our conduct speaks more about who we are than our words.  If we continue in disobedience, we'll have no inheritance in the Kingdom and the wrath of God will be upon us (vs. 5-6).  "For the fruit of the light, or the Spirit, consists in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life." (vs.9)  Our lives should always exhibit conduct that is pleasing and acceptable to God (vs. 10).  And when we do this, we prepare the way of the Lord to convict of sin, righteousness and judgement.  "...let your lives be so in contrast as to expose, and reprove and convict them." (vs. 11)    

So then, "look carefully then how you walk.  Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise, sensible people, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil." (vs. 15-16).  This is when we are to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  God will open doors for us to bear witness to the truth and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is what lifestyle evangelism is all about!   

Way Makers this is your hour to let your lights so shine, that men might see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven!  Amen!

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