“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 3:1-6 NIV
What stood out to me….
Each Spring for the past 5 years, I have had the privilege of serving at the Awaken Women’s Conference held in Cincinnati. It has become part of my routine during the morning worship session to sit in the balcony, away from anyone else, and pray.
During Awaken 2013, I was brought me to my knees as God broke my heart for the generation of women spread out before me. As I was in a season of seeking a role in student ministries, I was caught off guard by the Father specifically calling out women as a generation in my thoughts. I was spending so much time guiding the hearts of the “next generation,” and here he was drawing my attention to the peers directly in front on me.
The Lord is never just after the next generation; He is pursuing all of us!
In Acts 2, Peter is standing in front of a large crowd preaching the Gospel. At the end of his sermon, it says in verse 40,
“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
The word generation in this verse doesn’t mean a group of people born in the same time period. In this verse, generation means “people who are alike in pursuits or character.”
Peter is warning the crowd to turn from those who seek the riches of this current world and to instead, pursue Jesus.
We love God and believe in Jesus, but many of us have settled into following rules and expectations of religion. We have become a generation know by a common characteristic; complacency.
We are not to be people known by being satisfied with what the world has to offer us.
We are called to partner with the Holy Spirit living inside us to be a generation known by our boldness to bring His love and power in the face of corruption.
For our our generation to begin looking more like the character of God, we have to be women who are pursuing uninterrupted time with Jesus on our own.
As we spend time with Jesus, our character begins to reflect the Father’s heart. As who we are shifts to being more like Him, the Holy Spirit is gently revealing ways we can actively start helping others see God’s Kingdom here on Earth.
As my grandma would say, “Don’t try to put the cart before the horse.”
It all begins with us; “this generation” as individuals beings in pursuit of Jesus. Then maybe we will be known as a group of people who reflect His character.
For Monday, August 3, read Ephesians 3: 7-13