Ephesians 5:5 “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.”
Growing up, my Mom would often quote some of her favorite idioms/sayings that she inherited from her own mother. One of them was: “Don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.” Another one went like this: “If you play with fire, you will get burned.”
As I read the scripture written above I can almost see the smoke rising off of the paper. These words kindle guilt and fear in the hearts of not only believers but nonbelievers with a conscience, as well. If these words do not convict you, then perhaps you have already sold your soul to the devil, or perhaps, no one has ever led you to the knowledge of the truth. The truth is that Jesus saves, from the gutter most to the utmost! He can and will save you from your sins!
In this scripture Paul describes Immorality. We resent it when the messy categories of “right and wrong,” invades our personal space. These words interfere with what we’ve already decided to do.
Let’s look at the word “Impure.” Many people both male and female channel surf the internet and Facebook in order to find pleasure. Sometimes people pause too long now and again cruising looking to steal a little false hope and joy as outrageous ad slips through the popup blocker software designed to reject and block it. Some of us don’t know how to put up the popup blocker. Some blink both eyes or stretch them wide in amazement at what people post on YouTube, Facebook and on various websites.
Greedy- We believe money will make us secure and things will make us happy. We defend our obsession and wrongful motives for greed by using the bible to justify our love of money. We worry about not having enough and wonder about ways to get just a little more. Many are willing to sacrifice their families and relationships for the sake of money. They work three and four jobs, covet other people’s lifestyle, rob, cheat, swindle people out of the money, just so they can pad their own pockets. The bible does not regard money as evil, but it does say, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10.
No wonder, then, that we squirm a bit as we read verse 5. It is as though Paul has been tracking some of us, doing surveillance, took out a FISA warrant on us. Lol. Even if our feet have not technically strayed off the path, our hearts have gone places the Holy Spirit has forbidden and warned us not to go. You’ve heard the song: “Fools rush in, where wise men tread to go.”
For those of us who serve and lead God’s people, we know or should know better. but often we may know better, but fail to do better!
But our story need not end there stuck in the middle of our guilt. How wonderful we feel when we remember that Jesus’ feet carried him up to Golgotha’s Hill to a place called Calvary. The wrath and the punishment that should have been placed upon our shoulder was placed upon His. Jesus bore the full brunt of Sinful Man. The wrath of god nailed him there so that we can live and serve forgiven and free from the penalty of sin and death.
By God’s amazing grace, Christ’s righteous life now belongs to every blood-bought believer in Jesus Christ. What a shout of relief we should all exclaim. Thank you, Lord! Thank you for such a great salvation. Thank you, Lord! And, transformed by his life, we will walk the path of righteousness in joy.
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