Don’t take part
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them. Ephesians 5:6 & 7
So this is interesting. Verses 3 and 4 of this chapter talk about ways to not be an imitator of God. These are “ways” or actions of the world. Yes, I think we all can agree that fornication, uncleanness, covetousness and filthiness are against God and imitate His enemy. But what about the next two in this list? Foolish taking? Coarse jesting? (coarse being crude or rude jokes) Don’t forget the empty words mentioned in verse 6. Yikes, and these result in the wrath of God on your life. Oh, you may not see it instantly, but it is coming. These are some harsh consequences and goes without saying that these actions are not fitting for the children of God.(verse 3)
Today’s verse actually says do not get involve in these activities and words. So how do you avoid them? Let’s face it, we are living in a world that is cruder, ruder and more unclean than ever before in history, If you work in a worldly environment, you are subjected to these behaviors continuously. So how do you stay untouched by them and how do you keep them from getting all over you? First of all, this passage says do not be a partaker with them. Simply put, don’t take part in these things. Set yourself a standard and make a plan and stick to it. Don’t get involved in this activity. If you are in a conversation and it is taking a turn toward filth, walk away. Don’t even let the words fall on your ears. They will echo in your head until you notice they are on the tip of your tongue slipping out of your mouth. Think of this list as deadly poison that will produce a slow, painful and destructive death and run away from these things like they are a plague, because they are.
Today I want to encourage you to be an imitator of your loving Heavenly Father, not the enemy of your soul. Recognize that he (your enemy) wants to destroy you and anything good in your life. Don’t fall into the traps he is setting for you daily. Instead, focus on and decide that you are going to live above the filth of the world. Not in a haughty and prideful way, but with a humble and loving attitude that draws the lost ones to you. Let your life and your example be one that imitates God like the dear child you are.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 5:6-13