Metamorphosis, Part 6 “Living Protected”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

When you picture Jesus, do you imagine him with the “weak” or the “powerful”?

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.

Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites. A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:1–10 NLT

Jesus, talking about himself, told his followers: “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40 NLT

Sermon Insights: Whatever your walk of life…children, fathers, masters, even slaves, you can walk in God’s mighty power.

Did you notice who got special attention before fathers were addressed? Children! Did you notice who got special—and extended—attention before the employers were addressed? The employees! Typically, at this time, the weakest were ignored, used, abused, and exploited. Jesus, the Son of God, appeared as a slave, was murdered as a criminal, was raised to be the eternal King, and turned the heart of his people to empowering the weak rather than abusing the vulnerable.

What does Jesus teach us about REAL power? Who gets to experience GOD’S power?

Lord, thank you for loving even me. Thank you for forgiving and saving the murderous Saul so he could show us the power of grace and mercy. Teach me to forgive and love!