Living a Christ-like Life – December 15 – Ephesians
Today’s Tasting: Ephesians
Ephesians is another of Paul’s letters written to the church in the Roman city of Ephesus. In this letter, Paul reminds them of God’s plan and all the blessings that come from being followers of Jesus Christ. He also tells them what it means to live their lives according to Jesus’ teachings and how to avoid the pitfalls of sin.
I love this book…Paul’s passion for being a follower of Christ is so evident that it inspires me to strive to be a better Christian. Even though this letter was written to Gentiles around 60-62 AD, I couldn’t help but think about all that is going in the world today as I was reading this morning. The issues Paul addresses with the Ephesians, even though they are directed toward Gentile/Jew, are the same issues we are faced with today and his reminders to them are the same reminders we should be taking note of today. Jesus brought God’s promises and God’s love to everyone…not just the Jews. This means that we all have the opportunity to receive God’s grace.
Below are few key verses for you to ponder as you move along your journey toward living a Christ-like life.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” 1:3
“God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead” 2:4-5
“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” 3:12
“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.” 4:5-6
I hope you will take some time to read Ephesians in its entirety. It is a very short book which is overflowing with inspiration guidance.
I would like to close with the Paul’s prayer from Chapter 3 verses 14-21…
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Philippians
Hugs & Blessings,