Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.


Ephesians 5.11-20

So, do not have a shared part with the fruitless works of darkness.  Flip your role around.  Challenge and call the works of darkness out.  For it is shameful even to chatter about the things they do in secret. All things that are challenged and called out will be revealed by the light.  For everything that gets hit by the light will be made light. That is why it is said, “Get up, oh sleeper. Stand up again from among the dead, and Christ will give light to you.”

Therefore, pay attention carefully to how you tromp about, not as unwise folk but as wise folk, transforming things, in these evil days, that had simply been meant for evil.  Do not be unwise about of this.   But discover what is the Lord’s will.  And by all means, do not use wine to reach intoxicated states of ecstasy. That brings out the worst in you. There is another way to be supremely joyful. Fill yourselves up in the Spirit.  What will this look like, you ask?  Well, speak to one another using psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing them too.  Sing songs in your hearts to the Lord.  And be grateful in everything to God who is also the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.