Bob Dylan produced an album in the late 1970s that was a tribute to his recent conversion to Christianity. The album was called “Slow Train Coming” one song that became very popular at the time was called “You Gotta Serve Somebody!” As a young teenager, that song stuck with me. The reality is that we do have to serve somebody. That is what Paul was reminding the Ephesians in this chapter. Paul laid it out. Live as children of the light. Live as though all things we do and say will be held up to the light for all to see. Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit. Live as wise people, not like those who are unwise. Paul could not have been more direct.
In our times, each day we still get to choose how we live. We control our choices, our attitudes, and our lifestyles. We can live secret lives, do shameful acts and think like this is all there is. But, as Bob Dylan so aptly said, “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but, you gotta serve somebody!” Paul encourages us to serve God, Live as if we are living in the light, walking in public. He encourages us to be filled with His spirit–not the world’s cheap substitutes! We need to live our lives in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel. If we will, we will taste the fruit of freedom and will have love, Joy Peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. A life led by God’s Holy Spirit will bring freedom and purpose. One that has meaning and leaves a legacy! No matter, what we choose, however, in the end, You Gotta Serve Somebody!
God Bless You
Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.