To Be an Imitator of God, Here is What Not to Do, Part 6 — Ephesians 5:5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #9)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:1-5:

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

2 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 sweetsmelling savour.

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

5 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.

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Martin Luther said, “What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”

Today, we come to another sin that is not becoming of a person being an imitator of God and if you are practicing this sin with no confession, remorse, or repentance you are not apart of the Kingdom of God We talked about the lifestyle of sexual sin and the lifestyle of uncleanness. Next, Paul says, “nor a covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

To covet means to lust for or desire something that someone else has. A “covetous man” is one who is “greedy of gain, a person who is eager to have more of what one already has, especially that which belongs to others.” “Thou shalt not covet” is one of the Ten Commandments.

Coveting is an affront to God because it tells Him that we are not content with what He has given us. We always want somebody else’s money, somebody else’s car, somebody else’s spouse, somebody else’s nice house. The thing we forget is that along with somebody else’s possessions comes that person’s problems. I believe that God gives each believer a unique ability to handle the problems that come their way in life. He promised that He would never put on us more than we can bear. We ought to think of our possessions and our problems as a special gift because we likely could not handle somebody else’ possessions and problems.

We must be especially careful of desiring what others have because such a desire is idolatry. Paul states that the “covetous man” that he speaks about is also an idolater. An idolater is a worshipper of false gods. Man possesses the unfortunate ability to make nearly anything into an idol. That which we love, care for, serve, and desire more than God becomes an idol. If you are living for money, living for the weekend, living for your spouse, living for pleasure, living to keep a house that you went in to debt to buy, then you are living in idolatry. Anything that you make more important than God in your life has become an idol. And, God will not share the throne of our hearts with anyone or anything else.

Let’s pray.

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