Carry Your Own Weight – October 19, 2016

Ephesians 4:25, Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

1 Corinthians 6:11, Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled, ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way!’ During the first few weeks, I spoke about four aspects of great relationships: love, humility, forgiveness and commitment. If you missed any of those thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com.

The next fundamental key to great relationships is knowing the do’s and don’ts of successful relationships. In Ephesians 4, Paul gives us that list. The third do and don’t of the week is found in Ephesians 4:28, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” Did you get that? Paul says, in your relationships don’t steal, but do carry your own weight. It is easy for us to apply this, ‘don’t steal’ idea to things and objects, but we can steal from our relationships as well.

If you are always taking from your relationships and never giving anything back, you are stealing and that relationship won’t last or grow. Because in every great relationship, both parties are putting in as much or more as they are taking out. So, in your relationships today, make sure you are pulling your own weight by putting more in than you take out.

Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D