Those of you who’ve been long-time readers of this newsletter know I have a special place in my heart for kids, teachers, and education in general. Needless to say, this time of year-the “Back to School” season-stirs countless memories of my classroom experiences, both as a student and as an educator. The excitement of a fresh academic year is in the air along with the anticipation of learning new things.
Yet sometimes this season of learning must begin with a return to the basics, and that’s the message Paul was reminding Christians about in his letter of Ephesians. Even though there is so much to know about our amazing faith, nothing is more important than understanding the fundamentals. Here are a few other essentials Paul added to the ones listed above:
(Ephesians 4:25-27; 30-32)
I don’t know about you, but I can spend a tremendous amount of time trying to understand deep theological concepts. I listen to sermons, read the latest Christian blogs, and even try to keep up with how the happenings in the Middle East relate to Scripture. And while these are all good endeavors-adding to the overall store of knowledge that I’d like to have about my faith-during this time of year I’m asking myself if I have truly mastered the basics of my beliefs. If not, what am I doing? If not, is anything else really worth accomplishing?
If these simple suggestions from the book of Ephesians were netted out for us, the lessons they taught might look something like this:
- Stop doing things we know aren’t right.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to new, godly ways of living each and every day.
- Be truthful with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
- Don’t be angry-but when we are, fix things as soon as possible before the enemy can blow the situation out of proportion.
- Because of the grace we’ve been given, we should forgive freely-trying to be kind and tender in all our interactions.
- Most of all, strive to measure everything we do, say, and think in relation to whether or not it’s pleasing to our Savior.
Thought of the Month