27 October 2010Ephesians 6:1-20
"Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak." (v.20b)
The theme this week is "The Life of Grace". We are being given
help and guidance to help us live our lives as children of God.
Paul knew that as Christians we would face difficult times and that
sometimes we would find it hard to continue to fight for what is
right. He is writing to the people of Ephesus from prison, so knows
exactly how difficult the Christian life can be.
This passage is a collection of ways by which to defend ourselves against attack. Yet we are only given one weapon with which to fight back - the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (verse 17). In this, we are still being submissive, still allowing others authority, but we are also not compromising our faith. We are expected to show our relationship with God in our lives through a commitment to truth, faith, and speaking up for God's way. This is not easy when we live in a world where religion is often ridiculed or reviled.
However, we are also given righteousness (verse 14) and salvation (verse 17). God wants us to believe in ourselves, to know we are worthy of love and to know that we are God's children. Living a life of grace comes from living in relationship with God. This relationship cannot be taken away. God is our heavenly parent who reaches out to hold our hands when our Christian journey gets hard.
Paul is imprisoned for his faith. How willing are you to give up your personal freedom for God?
God is always there with a guiding hand for us to hold. Do you sometimes find it difficult to trust God enough to allow yourself to be led? Why?
The armour of God is there to protect us, not as a weapon with which to fight. How can we be "fight the good fight" if we are unarmed?