Begin by rereading Ephesians chapter 4. Does anything new stand out to you? What truths are reinforced? What truths do you need more faith to believe? What truths do you need to put into practice today?
In Ephesians 4:1–10 we were introduced to what a life worthy of our calling is, and how our Christian faith revolves around three persons of the Trinity. We were reminded that God is sovereign over all, working through all, and intimately present in all. How have you been aware of God’s grace and presence in your life this week?
In Ephesians 4:11–16 we learned about the gifts that God has given to believers. We looked at the negative e ects of not using our gifts, and the positive e ects of using our gifts that lead to growth and maturity for the whole body. Are you using your gifts for the bene t of the body of Christ? You have been uniquely created with gifts to glorify God, so don’t believe the lie that your gifts are not “enough.” We need you just the way God made you.
In Ephesians 4:17–24 Paul painted a picture of life before Christ to give us a clear understanding of what the life of one who knows Christ should look like. We learned about futility, and how we can trace it back to a hardening of the heart. We asked ourselves if we were living as if God even exists, or if we are drifting through life. Now would be a good time to prayerfully think through and write down some practical goals that will move you away from futility of the mind and toward living in light of eternity.
In Ephesians 4:25–32 we remembered the old self and were encouraged to put on the new self in Christ. To take our minds out of the world and into God’s Word. Paul talked about our emotions and about the words we choose that can build faith in others. Examine your word choices lately. Recognize that these words re ect what your heart is full of. Confess to the Lord if you have not chosen wise and timely words. Renew your mind and watch God change your heart and give you words that give life.
In Ephesians chapter 4, which truth has affected you the most, and why?
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