And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Eph 5:18-20)
There is a great need today for Christian homes to become “Families of Impact”.
This means that both their family is greatly impacted BY God and that their family is having a great impact FOR God.
Before God gets to discussing the rolls of the individual family members in this chapter, He addresses some foundation elements the family of impact will possess. Here are a few.
A Family of Impact Will Focus on Their Walk
Thier walk will be of one of “Following the Lord” (vs1)
The word fused or “followers” relates to being an imitator. The family of impact will have its members imitation the life style, attitudes, and actions of our Lord.
Their walk will be a walk in love (vs2)
As in a selfless love – as Christ gave himself
As in a sacrificial love – as Christ made an offering and sacrifice
As in a sweetsmelling love – as God accepted Christ’s sacrifice
Their walk will be a walk in the light (vs8)
Proving and reproving things of life by the Light of His Word (vs10-13)
The walk will be one on the lookout (vs15)
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (Eph 5:15)
The word translated “circumspectly” means to be exact or watch carefully. The family of impact will carefully guard their walk. Inspect it often. Make adjustments to make it “exactly” what God wants.
A Family of Impact Focuses on Their Witness (vs3, 5-6)
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; (Eph 5:3)
This not just their verbal efforts to share the Gospel, but what is seen by the world. It should be only that which “becometh saints”
A Family of Impact Focus on Their Words (vs4, 12, 20)
They will be careful that the words they use in their homes are TASTEFUL. They will ensure that the language in their homes is not filthy, shameful, or obscene. They will endeavor to keep a close watch on even using bi-words that are euphemisms for taking the Lord’s name in vain.
A Family of Impact Focuses on Their Withdrawals (vs5 – 7, 11)
This means that they will watch to see if there are some acquaintances or situations that they may need to dis-associate from for safety and testimonies sake. These verses admonish us about not being partaking with or fellowshipping with works of darkness.
Let each individual and family in our church seek to become a “Family of Influence”
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