We have been saved by God’s love and grace through Yeshus Jesus! We have chosen to be faithful to Him as His bride or as His children. We are now to be imitators of our Father or allow Yeshua Jesus to be our Husband and Head of the household, through the power of the Holy Spirit! We are no longer to be followers of the world. What does that look like? This life here and now is the “test” and the challenging “race” of our new life and faith in Him as Paul explains it…..
“Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children imitate their father; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God slain for you, so that it became a sweet fragrance.
But sexual immorality and all moral impurity [indecent, offensive behavior] or greed must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith]. Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, such things are not appropriate for believers; but instead speak of your thankfulness to God. For be sure of this: no immoral, impure, or greedy person—for that one is in effect an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God [for such a person places a higher value on something other than God].
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments that encourage you to sin, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience, those who habitually sin. So do not participate or even associate with them [in the rebelliousness of sin]. For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [live as those who are native-born to the Light]; for the fruit, the effect, the result of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth; trying to learn by experience what is pleasing to the Lord and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him—your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation. Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character; for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light of God’s precepts, for it is light that makes everything visible. For this reason He says,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine as dawn upon you and give you light.”
Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly guided by Him. Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise by singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks to God the Father for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; being subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5: 1-21 (Amplified version)
Do you see how our union with Yeshua Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit separates us from the world (sanctification)? Do you see that we live in the power of a new name? Do you see how we follow a new Head? Do you see how we now live under new kingdom laws and citizenship? Do you see how we now have a new Father? We have a new Way, a new Truth, a new Life! It is time we wake up and live like it! Yeshua Jesus is our only hope in all of this! He empowers us to live in this new right way!
All thanks and praise to Father, Yeshua Son, and Holy Spirit…our salvation, our deliverance, our hope for righteousness and eternity with them! We need to start following and living in Him and His right way now! Start learning and practicing. This is not because God is a dictator, but rather because He loves us and we desire to love and please Him also! We see His goodness and truth. We truly want to be like Him!