Thursday, 2/26

Today's Reading: Ephesians 5

Today's Meditation:

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1

It is a passage we would do well to read every day. Paul continues to stress the importance of unity among believers and explains why unity is important and what we will look like as believers who are maturing together.

God gives believers different gifts so each can serve the others in a unique way, to help all become mature in their union with Jesus. This maturing process will show in the way we live, day to day and minute by minute. “Be very careful, then, how you live,” Paul implores. We are children of the light, and this shines through in our behavior. The things we talk about, the way we joke together, the way we handle sexual desires, the place we give to greed, the people we choose for close companions, the way we handle anger, the things with which we fill our minds – all these matter because they reflect who we are. If we belong to Jesus, we long to live for him, seeking sanctification – a growing likeness to him – every day. This won’t happen if we take lightly the choices we make about how to live.

As believers, we “put off [our]old self and put on the new self, created to be like God.” When this is our prayer, God gives us the help we need to care about the way we live, and then to live as if we care. Brenda Quinn

How often, in the course of a day, do you consider whether your behavior is pleasing to God? Pray that with each day you would more closely resemble Jesus.