Friday, March 22
Paul’s last words to the church encourage us that the battle we are engaged in it is not just physical. The prince of the power of the air that he mentioned in chapter 2 arrays a lot of enemies against the work of the church. Paul lists a lot of important tools to defend ourselves against the attacks of the spiritual powers, but notice with most important one is in verse 18. The most important 12 that you have on your journey is going to be prayer; and not just individual prayer, but prayer together as the church. A single soldier doesn’t want a war on his own, no matter how many Rambo movies they make. Wars are won by teams working together. And that’s with the churches. A team.
Thursday, March 21
This is a long passage, and it has a lot in it; but notice that Paul brings up the word walk again. It is our walk in love, not your walk in love. It is a shared walk – a shared journey. And how does Paul describe this journey? He puts it into practical terms. He talks about our families. He talks about our marriages. He talks about the relationship of masters and slaves. These are all different environments where we the church have an opportunity to walk in love. How can we bring a journey of love into each of these relationships?
Wednesday, March 20
This is the third time that Paul refers to the walk. This time, it is the walk of the Gentiles, and we are warned against it. Who are the Gentiles? They are the nations and the people who are separated from God.
Being a Gentile has nothing to do with your ethnicity. It has nothing to do with not being Jewish. It has everything to do with your relationship to God through Jesus Christ. The Gentiles are those who refuse Christ. The chosen are those who follow him.
Paul divides the world into two groups of people – people headed toward Jesus and people headed away from it. Which way are you heading? Even as a believer you can be headed the wrong direction.
TUESDAY, March 19
Look at how Paul describes a walk that is worthy of Jesus Christ. He talks about humbleness and gentleness and peace and long-suffering and patients. These are things that are not as common in human experience as we like to think they should be. Paul is harkening back to earlier in chapter 2 where he talked about those who walk according to the paths of the prince of the power of error. There is a contrast between the way we are to walk as believers and do “church” with the way we would walk in our default setting as human beings.
Monday, March 18
It is reassuring to know that he has chosen you and those you journey with to demonstrate God’s “manifold witness.” (v 10) in the public square, people want to downplay religion as secondary to real life. Nothing could be further from the truth according to Jesus and according to the apostle Paul. Our faith, the faith we share as the church, is greater than the greatest powers on earth. And that means we have a greater responsibility than even the president of United States of America. Our responsibility is not to the people of a nation, but to the Savior of all mankind.
Friday, March 15
God always wanted you to be saved, to be a part of his church. You are special, but all who are saved are special. You get to be a part of the thing that God has been doing for all of history. This is reassuring isn’t it? That God chose you as Plan A. You were not an afterthought. You were not an exception. He knew you. He touched you. Saved you. He brought you into the church. And he has a mission for you.
Thursday, March 14
Churches focus too much on being “appealing” and “relevant.” We forget that our purpose is not to appeal to people but rather to live out the ministry of reconciliation completed in Christ. Whether people want Jesus to be the Savior is completely irrelevant. Remember. The people he served crucified Him. People rarely want what Jesus offers. So, we should be about the reconciliation he modeled for us. Kindness, peace, love, truth, grace, forgiveness, repentance, hope – these things should define our relationships because we are defined by them. It is only because Jesus treated us in this way that we are still alive.