Living as a Family on Mission

Circle 4-Relationships with the world

Paul makes it clear in Ephesians 6 that we are in the world, we represent Christ, and in what we do, we do not simply work for other people; we work for the Lord. In this sense, our work affects God's reputation. We work and live in a way that meets our physical needs, certainly, but at the same time we work in such a way that we serve as missionaries to a lost and dying world. We are God's sacrament in the world. Paul wants us to understand that our relationship with Jesus affects how we live and work in the world. Paul gives us specifics in this area as well: people are to work hard, not be lazy, and be sincere and gracious even to people who aren't that way in return. He teaches disciples to be ethical and consistent and to live in such a way that even if someone does not accuse them of doing wrong. the unbelievers will see their good deeds and glorify God.


Taken from the book Discipleshift