Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. Ephesians 4:17
A little further down the text it says that we need to put off the old man and to put on the new man. In the following chapter wives are told to submit to their husbands. Uh oh! I’ll postpone the talk about submission to a future post 😉 Today I would like ask, if there is a difference between the Christian Walk vs Gentile Walk. If so, in what way/s?
We’ve had a chat with other Christians last week. We were talking about family life and whether the women should work outside the home or not. One of them mentioned that things are different now than they were 20 years ago because “the culture has changed”. Is that a good enough reason for it? Yes, people in this world are living differently than they did decades ago. Until Jesus comes back or is calling us home, we have to live in this world. However, I find that many of us Christians are often being conformed to the world instead of being a light in it.
Light is different than darkness! Our lives, our marriages, the way we raise our children, the way we spend time together, our choices — of course we are different than the people of the world. Yes, they should wonder why we are acting the way we do. Our family’s lifestyle needs to be very much distinct from the lifestyles of non-believers, shouldn’t it?
Listen to this quote from a sermon* in March of 1992 which, I strongly believe, is still relevant today.
Paul says, I tell you that you shouldn’t live anymore the way the Gentiles live, or the way the pagans live or the way the surrounding culture lives. You should live in a different way. If Jesus Christ means anything to us at all, it must mean that He changes the way we live. If He doesn’t change the way we live then what does He change? Christianity has to have roots and fruits and the evidence is all that are going to be seen clearly in family living.
Share your thoughts: Should Christians have a different lifestyle than non-believers? If so, in what ways? In your opinion, how much of a change would be too much?
*The sermon is from Titus 2 and it’s called Family Focus. You can listen to it at Truth For Life.