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April 1, 2020

Represent

This is part 6 of the Redeeming The Time series. Click here to access part 1 and Click Here to access part 2. Click Here to access part 3. Click Here to access part 4. Click Here to access part 5. Click Here to access part 6. Click Here to access part 7. Click Here To access part 8. Click Here to view the Facebook Live video of this thought.


Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Life has correctly been identified as the canvas upon which the grace strokes of God are most clearly seen. In the very first chapter of Genesis, we find that God created man both in his image and after his likeness. When man made the choice to reject and to rebel against the Word of God, sin contaminated and corrupted his heart and life and brought Him under the condemnation of God.   

Romans 5:12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

That’s one of the reasons why Christ came to this earth and gave His life as a sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Jesus Himself said, in John 10:10, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Today, we’re focusing on verse 17 where the Bible says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understandingwhat the will of the Lord is.” The word will here means “a desire, or what brings one pleasure.”

Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin, but He did not set us free to live this life any way that we please. The Bible says that “…the just shall live by faith…” (Hebrews 10:38) and that “…without faith it is impossible to please him…” (Hebrews 11:6). Our belief in God should have an impact on both our behavior and our desire. Throughout the Scriptures, we find that our journey through this life is not a quest to please our self; but, rather, an opportunity to please our Saviour. While this world will constantly persuade you to live out some kind of fantasy, God is calling you, through Him, to maturity. Someone put it this way, “[Godliness] involves carefulness to obey [God’s] every desire, and absolute commitment to please Him. That inner sense of deep respect and awe cannot be hidden; it manifests itself in a way that even the world notices.

The word represent means “to show or to exhibit by resemblance.” You see, when Christ came to dwell on this earth, He didn’t just come to establish a covenant; He came to establish, to edify, to equip, and to embolden His church to be an example of Him and to evangelize this world for Him.

2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

An ambassador is “an individual of the highest rank employed by the king or state who has been chosen and enabled to be a proper representative of the power and the dignity of his Sovereign.” He has been chosen and entrusted with the responsibility of expressing and exemplifying the character of His home country.   

As a child of God, we have been chosen and commanded by God to be a proper representative of Christ and to carry ourselves here as a citizen of Heaven.

Philippians 1:27 says, “ Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

Sadly, there are far too many Christians today who are not just accepting more and more the wicked and ungodly lifestyles of our sin-filled world, but they are taking pleasure in and even participating in that which deep down they know is not pleasing to God. Friend, this ought not to be.

Ephesians 5:8-11 says, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Robert Burnes who said, “[The Godly] are those whose priorities are determined in heaven and worked out on earth. They are those who display outwardly what they are inwardly.”

Tomorrow, we’re going to get a small glimpse of what that should look like in our life. But until then, let me encourage you to make sure that your life is looking more and more like the example that Jesus gave us when He walked on this earth. Ask yourself this question: When those around me look at my life, do they see Jesus in me?

Until next time, good day and God bless.