Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working through the first 3 chapters of the letter to the Ephesians – there are a few recurring themes Paul touches on that jump out at me:
We are each called to live for the praise of His glory – namely, to make Him famous
God, in His mercy has saved us by His grace through our faith in Christ, not by our works, so no one can boast about it
We are God’s handiwork (His masterpiece), created new in Him to do good in His Name wherever we go
We are ALL on a mission from God – to do what Jesus would be doing if He was walking in our shoes
In Ephesians 4, Paul reveals that a key element necessary for us is that we would grow up to full maturity – & the standard God uses for full maturity is Christ Himself (Eph. 4:13). In effect, he’s stating that in order to fulfill our “mission from God,” we have to be Christ-like in our attitudes, thoughts, actions, & interactions with others.
We can’t do this by simply trying harder or having good will-power to ‘do good.’ Rather, we are to put off our pre-Christ self (with its deceit, hardness of hearts, selfishness, & pursuit of sensuality,) & be renewed in the spirit of our minds (v.22), looking for ways that we can be like Christ in every area (vv.23-24). Practically speaking, it’s a day to day growing process where we submit ourselves to God, & then begin to live our lives following Christ’s example. For our mission to be a success, we gotta grow to be like Jesus.