Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 5

By on May 25, 2018 in Let's Take a Family Photo | 0 comments

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 5 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 As we come to the conclusion of this week’s devotional, we close with a riddle: what is contrasting to tart and fills your nostrils? The scripture teaches us in I Corinthians 13, without love we are nothing. Love appears to be the main ingredient in so many things regarding our spiritual growth as believers. Love covers a multitude of faults, and it is the one thing that distinguishes believers from non-believers, our ability to love others in spite of who they are. Love is so much more than what we say, and far outweighs what we just do. As we think about the riddle: “What is contrasting to tart and fills your nostrils?” Answer: Sweet Aroma. Love that has its genesis in God, and when it is mixed with the right attitude will create a wonderful aroma, a pleasant aroma, a sweet aroma. What made this such a sweet aroma to God was...

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 4

By on May 24, 2018 in Let's Take a Family Photo | 0 comments

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 4 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 I once read something that said, “God is brought closer to us through his son Jesus Christ so that we might know what he looks like and trace his steps.” Jesus helps us see that to look like God is to love others in an unselfish way. The writer wants readers to know how we mimic God: We love others. This love goes beyond mere verbal expression to loving others as they relate to God. Think about that: loving others as they relate to God thrusts us to go beyond the popular concept of love. It requires our loving others with the same measure of love we have received as children loved by our father. When we think about God’s love for us, how it saved us, was/is patient with us… Are we willing to share with others that type of love, or do we see that kind of love reserved only for God bestowing upon his children? The text says,...

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 3

By on May 23, 2018 in Let's Take a Family Photo | 0 comments

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 3 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 It’s intriguing to look at children and see how much they bare the likeness of their parents. A child does not come into the world saying, ‘I want to look like either my father or mother.’ Who that child will look like has already been determined by his or her genetic make-up which existed before the child was born. When we came to Christ, our likeness was already decided. We would look and act like our Father. I know many of us are familiar with the expression “Hurt people hurt people.” It is hard to imitate God if we are hurting, damaged goods. If we are not careful, our inner turmoil will impact our ability to mimic our father. I am not saying we don’t get hurt and sometimes it can take a toll on us. Nevertheless, we don’t forget we are his beloved children who don’t stop looking like our father during difficult times. I...

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 2

By on May 22, 2018 in Let's Take a Family Photo | 0 comments

Let’s Take a Family Photo—Day 2 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God.” Okay, there are suggestions, and there are commands. A suggestion is an idea or plan put forward for consideration. However, a command is to give an authoritative order. How many of us read God’s Word as if he is making a suggestion, when in fact he is clearly stating what is expected of us and giving us a command? Think about this selected passage, we are commanded to be imitators of God. The word for imitators in Greek is, mimētēs, mim-ay-tace; the thought is, one who copies the word or behavior of another. It is not a suggestion that we copy the words or behavior of God; we are commanded and expected to do just that. Trust me, I can hear your thoughts, ‘How are we supposed to do that?’ This is not the sister in the choir, or deacon sitting on the front row that I am supposed to...

Let’s Take a Family Portrait

By on May 21, 2018 in Let's Take a Family Photo | 0 comments

Let’s Take a Family Photo Ephesians 5: 1, 2 Often when looking at a family portrait one of the first things I notice is the family resemblance, seeing how the children favor their parents and even how brothers and sisters can look so much alike. Whenever someone looks very different from the others we ask, “Who is this?” Regarding looks that can’t be explained we usually suppose that child comes from a different bloodline. Family resemblance can be so strong that it can be unnerving. I recall my first month at the church; I sat in the pulpit one Sunday disturbed for the entire worship service. That particular Sunday, as I looked over the congregation I saw a brother I was fond of and wondered, “Why is he wearing a dress?”Although I was fond of this particular man I didn’t know him very well. Somewhat disheartened, I considered my whereabouts; no one seemed to be...