Ephesians 5:1-20 | Day Eleven
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this series in its' entirety, click here.
"Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." - Ephesians 5:1-2
Wow! We’ve made it through four entire chapters of Ephesians. How exciting! Take a few minutes to praise the Lord for all you’ve learned about His character and grace from Ephesians 1–4.
Today we are looking closely at how we can imitate the Lord. Just like you were a little girl and wanted to mimic your mom or dad’s every move, I pray today we have the same desire to reflect our Lord’s goodness!
Start off by reading Ephesians 5:1–7. Remember the heaviness of yesterday’s passage? Read the paragraph from yesterday’s post about God being like a loving father teaching his son to walk again. Now read verses 1 and 2. How does it make you feel knowing that you’re a dearly loved daughter?
What does it look like to follow God’s example? What is verse 2 saying about what it means to follow Jesus? What should we give up, just as He gave it up?
How does the thought of giving up your life for God strike you? Why?
Read Ephesians 5:1–7 again. Verses 3–7 talk about what we should not do as followers of Christ. Which of the sinful habits stood out to you as you reread the passage? Why?
Verse 6 says we should not be deceived by empty words. How have you been deceived by empty words from friends or guys? What empty words does the media tell us about our worth or body image or purpose in life? Have you bought into those lies? If so, how?
What does Paul say we should do with those who deceive us with empty words (v.7)?
What is God saying to you about the people you surround yourself with? Would you say they’re following God’s example (v.1) or are they more like the people described in 3–7? What do you think would be the best way to honor God in your relationships?
What practical steps can you take this week to walk in love? In what specific ways could you love your parents, siblings, coaches, teachers, friends, coworkers, and youth leaders with the love of Christ?
Meditate on the joy of being fully loved by God. Think about what it truly means to walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us. If you’re feeling confused or guilty after today’s reading, come to God. He loves you dearly. Rest in His grace and ask Him to build you up in love this week!
After reflecting on being a dearly loved child of God, continue reading Ephesians 5:8–20. How does the contrast between light and dark compare with the other two contrasts we’ve seen in Ephesians (life/death, old self/new self)?
What’s the difference between a life of light and a life of darkness? What distinctions does Paul make in 8–13?
Read verse 14. Scholars believe this verse was part of an early Christian song that pulled Old Testament truth and New Testament truth together. How does this verse resonate with you?
In verses 15–16, Paul tells Christians to be wise. How could you walk in wisdom this week? What does it look like to make the most of every opportunity?
Instead of being foolish, we’re called to know God’s will. We often struggle to know God’s will for our lives. We think we’re supposed to know His exact calling and direction. But look at 1 Thessalonians 4:3. What does it say God’s will is? What does it mean to be sanctified? (Feel free to Google it if you’re unsure!)
God’s interested in your holiness—in making you more like Christ. Haven’t we seen that so far in Ephesians? Think back to all the times Paul urged the Ephesians to live holy lives worthy of their calling. What, then, is God’s will for your life?
What are we supposed to be filled with (v.18)?
How have you seen verses 19 and 20 lived out? Why do you think Paul says to both speak to each other in hymns and raise up songs to Jesus? What do psalms and hymns remind us of? How does that both help the body of Christ and worship Jesus?
How could you worship God through song this week? Could you worship in your car? Have a worship night with friends? Participate in Sunday worship?
In what ways could you embrace God’s will for your life—to be made more like Christ—this week? How could you continue to say “no” to darkness and “yes” to light?
As you read over the verse for today and write it down, remember that Jesus brought you from death to life, from darkness to light. Think of sanctification as a way of making your light shine brighter, to bring more glory to Jesus. Thank Him with the words of a worship song or a prayer as you finish.