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Today I taught on Ephesians 4:17-32.  Up to this point in chapter four Paul has described how we are to live in diverse unity.  We are all one, but we are all unique as well.  When every believer embraces their uniqueness, the body of Christ builds itself up (v.16).

In verses (17-32) Paul makes a very strong point: our lives ought not look like the lives of people that don't believe in Jesus.  He is basically saying, "Don't live like you don't know better."  Be we cannot be different by merely abstaining from things people do in culture.  We must also do things they do not do.

Jesus certainly abstained from participating in certain cultural norms, but this is not what made him stand out.  People were drawn to him because he did things others were not doing.  We should do the same.  For example, Paul says in 4:28 that we are to labor, earn money, SO THAT we can give more.  That's different.  I can only imagine what would happen if all believers had this perspective on their work....

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