Ephesians 5:3 – 5 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
I once heard a story of a juvenile delinquent who stood before a judge. The boy had no parents, and had been shuttled around from group home to group home. He was angry and rebellious because of his circumstances. His attitude and actions had gotten him into trouble with the law, and he stood before the important judge, waiting to be sentenced.
But instead of sentencing the boy, the judge decided to adopt him. He took him home, gave him nice clothes and a comfortable room. Later that night, he told the boy, “You are no longer a homeless, juvenile delinquent. You are the son of an important judge. Never again do I want to hear of you acting like a juvenile delinquent. I want you to hold your head high and act like a judge’s son.”
Friends, when God adopts us into His family, we become royalty! And there are certain behaviors that are simply not suitable for children of the King. Sexual immorality breaks hearts and destroys lives – and it has no place in the life of a Christian. Greed is not needed, for the whole earth belongs to our Father! Why would we need to hoard anything? Obscenity, foolish talk and course joking usually take place at the expense of other people. It is embarrassing, uncomfortable, and it just isn’t classy! We shouldn’t have any part in it.
Just as the judge’s adopted son should have lived a wholesome, upright, respectable life out of gratitude to his new father, we should display our gratitude to our Father in the way we live. I never want to embarrass Him, or cause Him to be ashamed of me. I want my Father, the important Judge, to be proud to call me His child.
Remember, God wants us to have the very best lives possible! He wants our lives to be uplifting and positive, not dark and depressing. He knows that things like sexual immorality, lewdness, and greed only destroy us. They may seem fun for the moment, but they do nothing to lift us up, they do nothing to bring us the true joy that comes from living a holy, upright life. And that kind of joy is a whole lot better, and lasts a whole lot longer than a dirty joke.
Dear Father, Help me to live a life that will make You proud to call me Your daughter.