How Not to Walk, Part 14 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #260)


A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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 (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.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:28:

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.


A.W. Pink said, “Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin — who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion — and a Savior for no others.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God is looking for people who will live recklessly for Him — not concerned with public opinion or preacher’s opinions, but becoming a love slave of Jesus Christ.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival popularized other revival activities as well: Singing was attended with a great blessing. At every meeting, before the minister began to preach, the congregation was melodiously entertained with numbers singing delightfully, while all the congregation seemed in lively exercises. Shaking hands while singing furthered the work. The ministers … go through the congregation and shake hands with the people while singing. And several … declared that this was the first means of their conviction.”


As we return to this verse once again, one of the things our attention must be drawn to is the great difference between the way of the world and the way of God. The world, for the most part, agrees with Paul when he says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands…” But, God’s Word takes things a step further when it says, “that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

Yes, Jesus expects that His children ought to work, not just so they can have for themselves, but so they can have to share with others. The old man thinks only of himself and what he can gain. The new man thinks of others and how he can be of service and help.

The devil can take a good thing like hard work and make it a selfish endeavour. That is what he specializes in — taking something that God has ordained and twisting it into something wrong and self-serving. But, as anyone who has lived long enough will tell you, if you live only for yourself, you will end up unhappy, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied with life. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

As you work at whatever occupation you are engaged in, think about what you are able to give to others. Certainly, it feels good to receive a paycheck on a regular schedule, but God says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Fanny Crosby wrote:

To the work! To the work!
We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path
that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel
our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might
what our hands find to do.

To the work! To the work!
Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life
let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner
our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings,
“Salvation is free!”

To the work! To the work!
There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness
and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father
exalted shall be,
In the loud-swelling chorus,
“Salvation is free!”

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