Equipped for Life (Ephesians 4:7-12)

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A good boss not only tells you what he expects of you, but he provides you with the tools, the resources, the training to do your job. A good coach only expects his team to execute the plays on the field, after he’s done his part in preparing the players, for live action. Parents, teachers we hope to be getting children ready for adulthood and yet a good teacher doesn’t just do that for the individual. She practically shows the student training the individual for life. God gives us lots of instructions in the Bible. He tells us to do a lot of things. Last Sunday, we began the second half of our study of Ephesians and Ephesians chapters four through six, the second half is filled with commands. It’s primarily instructions for us of how we should live. Ephesians 4:1, “….. urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you had been called” The very first verse of this second half of the book urges us to walk or to live in a worthy way, a worthy manner. Right off, the start we saw last week worthy living includes united living as the people of God. [Ephesians 4:3, “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit”] We’re one body, we’re one church, we’re to honor each other and care for each other with humility and with gentleness. Some of the first commands of many we’re going to see in this second half. But like a good and a competent boss or coach or teacher, God doesn’t just command us. He also equips us. He trains us. He prepares us to live the way that he’s instructing us to, in his words. Now how does he train us? What we saw hints last week right here in verse three and four. He’s given us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is equipping us and making it possible to live the way he commands.