Ephesians is all about how to stand as a Christ follower in an increasingly secular world. If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, Ephesians will help you know what this Christianity thing is all about.
Over the past few weeks we have been looking at God’s part in our spiritual journey: that He adopted us as sons and daughters, that He poured out His riches of grace and mercy and power to those who believe in Him, that He brought us back from the dead and made us alive in Christ, that while we were sinners He died for us, and that His love is unconditional and there is nowhere you can go to hide from His love.
Paul, in chapter 4, begins talking about our part. What it means to follow Jesus, especially when it’s not popular, not easy, and not everybody is into it. We have to remember that Paul is writing to a group of Christians who came out of a very secular lifestyle and were still living in Ephesus, a city where idol worship and sexual immorality were commonplace. So Paul takes time to talk about how our lives should change as a result of following Jesus; that what we do and how we live are important.
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving The Lord…”(Ephesians 4:1 NLT)
Paul is under house arrest in Rome and I think there are three reasons this is important for us:
1. You can pay attention to what Paul has to say because he’s lived this Christian life and is even in prison for it.
2. That what he’s about to write is potentially dangerous. It’s not a nice, middle class way of solving your problems and being comfortable. This Christianity thing can be risky, unpopular, and even dangerous.
3. What Paul is writing is worth being in prison for.
Question: Is being a Christian all that risky in the United States? If not, why not? If so, how?