“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Ephesians 5:2-8
Today’s Christian daily devotional
Like most of my girlfriends, give me a reason to shop and I’m all about it. There’s only one exception to this love: shopping for real estate.
Perhaps this is because every weekend, for the last nine months John and I have trekked every nook and cranny in Chicago searching for the perfect marriage of size, price and style in a new home.
“Jules, our realtor just left me a message. She says there’s a place that just went on the market and it’s right in our budget…plus it’s close to my work.” John’s face shined with the shimmer of a new hope.
Barely looking up from my phone I cast him a weary glance.
John promised me that this weekend we would just relax. My simple definition for relaxing was: to do anything but look at real estate. I was beyond ‘over it’.
“Either we find a home soon or rent for another year.” Once again John’s manly logic pushes my fun weekend agenda right out the door.
Saturday morning rolls around and we find ourselves in one of the most impressive condominium lobbies we’ve seen so far.
“This better be good.” I fidget in the velvet chair tucked next to a cozy fireplace.
Watching the Michigan Avenue shoppers bustle by, I fantasize about being one of them. Picturing myself searching for that perfect shade of lipstick or a snazzy pair of heels…instead of this elusive unit complete with a washer and dryer, a great view that’s in a decent neighborhood.
The fiery red hair of Anne, or real estate agent catches my attention. Her face lights up as she recognizes me sitting in the lobby.
“Oh you two! I think we may have a winner here. This place has got everything you’ve both been looking for.” Anne signs the guest register and retrieves the keys from the doorman.
John looks at me and squeezes my hand. I take a deep breath, hoping that this means our tedious search is finally over.
We wait in silence as the elevator careens us up to the thirty-fifth floor. My eyes scan the hallways; so far, so good.
Anne unlocks the front door. The layout is sprawling and spacious. Floor to ceiling windows invite a serene East-side view of the Chicago skyline.
Not saying a word, I escape into the bedroom to hunt down the deal-breaker feature: closet space. To my surprise, there’s an enormous walk-in closet that is so big it could actually qualify as an extra bedroom!
John taps on the closet door.
“So, what do you think?” He smiles. I know John likes it as much as I do.
“I love it!” I’m gushing.
“Wait. What’s that smell?” John starts walking the perimeter of the carpeted bedroom. Lifting the drapes to his nose, he takes a whiff.
“What?” My nose isn’t picking up what his nose is.
“The last person who lived here was a smoker.”
In Ephesians 5:2-8 Believers in Christ are instructed to ‘stay clean’. Just as a smoker emits a fragrance of tabbacco, the children of God are called to emit a fragrance that’s sweet.
When a Christian knowingly indulges in sin, they hamper their own light and hurt their own witness. The world is quite aware that we are to be a different breed of people.
Many Christians are fearful that purity and high standards might turn others away. But, those qualities will only turn off those who have no interest in actually searching for the truth.
For those who want a better life, the one that Jesus died to give them, let me encourage you to keep doing what God leads you to do. Someone is watching; and it may just be a person who is very close to letting God into their life. Don’t hamper your light. Shine brightly.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I confess that I have not been taking my salvation as seriously as I should be.
I am thankful I am going to heaven, but I’m not doing much to help ensure that the people I love and care about will be there with me, too.
I know this because I haven’t done much to watch the kind of witness I am being in my everyday life. Lord, forgive me for being so selfish. I have such a wonderful gift of peace that you have given me since I have asked Jesus into my heart.
So many are searching for what I have. How can I offer them something different, if it comes in a package that looks just like everything else out there?
Help me. There are many changes that need to happen for people to want what I have. Christ died to give me so much, but I am not living in that victory because I haven’t been determined to obey your voice. I want to find out what that kind of victory would actually look like in my life.
I’m ready to shine, Lord.
In Jesus’ precious name, to bring more people out of the darkness and into your light, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Ephesians 5:2-8
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan