LG #5: You are BELOVED!
Passage: Ephesians 5:1-14
The past couple weeks we have been learning about the importance of getting to know God and developing our relationship with Him. This time around, we will consider who we are in that relationship.
In this passage, Paul encourages believers to BE IMITATORS OF GOD. Why? Because we are dearly beloved children. Just as God spoke over Jesus: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased”, God says He loves us and He is pleased with us (Mark 1:11). And so He wants us to live a life of love, following the example of Christ.
Paul goes on to outline that as God’s Beloved, THERE MUST NOT BE immorality, impurity, greed, obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking. WHY? Because these are improper for God’s holy people. God fought for His people and paid lavishly for His children to live a life of love, not a life marked with fears, worries, frustrations, angers, devastation, brokenness, etc. He desires for us to live abundantly. There is an inheritance set aside for the heirs of His kingdom, us - His Beloved!
LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU. The world has a lot to say. It says we’re not good enough, smart enough, rich enough, strong enough, fast enough, etc. These are all empty words and it pulls people to stray from the identity of Beloved. We are already pleasing loved. But why is it so difficult for us to put the names the world gives us behind us to take on and respond to the name of Beloved?
1. Do you know God? (the One who gives you the name Beloved?
2. Do you know God very well?
3. Do you understand the relationship and know your name?
God calls us to be HOLY: SET APART from the common, ordinary and everyday. Paul reminds us to LIVE AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT and FIND OUT WHAT PLEASES THE LORD while having nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness.
Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
WAKE UP and receive the name BELOVED. He’s already given it to us. He is calling us by that name already. In order to fully receive that name, we need to view ourselves the way He is viewing us. It really doesn’t matter how we feel or what we think about ourselves, it is simply receiving the name and growing into it. We have been set apart specifically to be with Him, the holy God. We can’t live like we’re unworthy, undeserving people any more. YOU ARE BELOVED!