This is the last day of the study. We’ve seen every genuine believer is inhabited by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our helper in our struggle to walk the talk. We’ve also found that believers no longer walk in the darkness, but in the light. We seek to walk as God would have us to – and to turn from the desires of the world. We also know that it’s difficult to do!
If we are living with the Spirit, we should have a relationship with Him. That relationship should show in our relationships with others.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Eph 5:15-22 (ESV)
Looking at these verses, we see that God wants us to focus our lives on Him, not on the pleasures of the world. Instead of drunken revelry (or maybe too much TV or other unwholesome pleasures) we are to fill ourselves with the Spirit, focus on our joy in Christ, and submitting to one another – because we understand God’s will.
Is there an aspect of these verses that you find easy to relate to and to accomplish? Is one area more difficult? Can you, for example, easily submit yourself to other Christians in accountability groups, follow your pastor’s leadership, and help disciple people? Is it easy to turn off the partying and focus on singing and praising God? In what areas do you need to ask God to help you?
We’re DONE! I hope that you have learned something about yourself as we explored the Biblical mandate to walk the talk. Next week, we’ll begin to learn about the two greatest commandments: Loving God and Loving People.
How has this study impacted you? Have you been challenged? Convicted? Confirmed? Are you taking the Read Through The Bible Challenge? How’s that going? Let me know!