Raising the Bar in Our Lives

Raising the Bar in Our Lives

Ephesians 5:5-6

5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.

Central Truth

We must constantly and consistently challenge ourselves to grow in sanctification by desiring God’s heart.

Devotional

1 John 3: 9-10a “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.  By this it is evident who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil.”

The world does not have a shortage of opportunities for individuals to make a moral decision.  Will I watch a movie that is rated R or PG?  Will I make crude jokes on a golf course or refrain from participating with my “regular group”?  Are my clothing choices appropriate? 

Whether or not we ask ourselves questions like this and how we answer them help to reveal our spiritual condition.  Sadly, those that fall into a state of habitual sin often either 1) do not ask themselves the tough questions, or 2) will lie to themselves about the true answer.

As Christians, we must hold the bar high in our own lives.  We are saved by grace through faith in Christ, but this does not give us an excuse to tolerate sin in our lives. 

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:5 “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. “ 

We also learn in Galatians 5:19-21 that, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.  I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” 

We must constantly and consistently challenge ourselves to grow in sanctification by desiring God’s heart. 

I have seen this in my own life, whereas the times that I draw close to God are those that I feel “on fire” for Him and when I desire nothing less than what He desires for me.  One thing that we all know…He will never leave us or forsake us and He wants the very best for each of us.  All we have to do is listen to Him and be willing to follow where He leads.

When we draw close to our Heavenly Father, He will influence us greater than the world will.  We will then no longer desire the things of the world, but we will desire the things of God.   

Let’s work to grow in righteousness and sanctification, and by doing so we will truly be the radiant reflection of the light and love of Jesus!

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