by Terry J. Hallock

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Living a Life Worthy of Our Calling (2 of 3)
Let the Church Be the Church
Terry J. Hallock
Ephesians 5:15-6:4
Mother's Day
May 12, 2002

In the first part of this message Scripture reminded us that unconditional Christ-like love is the only power that will allow the Church to be the Church and the only way to live a life worthy of our calling. It begged us to "be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." It challenged us to "be imitators of God therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

Nowhere is the presence of love more necessary than in the Christian home because nowhere is it more vital that we live a life worthy of our calling than in our homes. We are not Christians on Sundays only. If we belong to Christ we belong to Him 24/7. When we proclaim Him to be Lord we must surrender to Him as Lord in all things. The Church is the people of God saved by the blood of Christ and the Church is present wherever two or three are gathered in His name. If a home is created out of the union of two hearts belonging to Christ then the Church exists in that home. Thus the rule of love that applies to the character of that Christian home as equally as it applies to the whole Body of Christ. There are not one set of values for our life in the family of God and another for our life in the family of man. Love is Jesus' command wherever we are. And where better to be the Church that in our homes? Where better to practice Jesus' love than in our families? Where is there more need for the purity of Jesus' love than in our marriages and families? Where are children more influenced for good or bad than in the home? Where is American culture more impacted for good or ill than from the results of the home?

One word describes what Jesus' love looks like when it is practiced in the home and that word is "submission". It co ...

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