Taking the journey through Ephesians with friends both in person and online has been truly rewarding for me. I have been kept accountable to listening to the Lord through His word and He has been faithful to encourage me through others. Today, I love Kristan’s reminder to not be discouraged. “If you fall behind don’t worry. The enemy would like you to believe someone is keeping score somewhere and too many missed days leads to automatic failure. That simply isn’t true. A step forward is a step forward, take as many as you can. Go at your own pace. The blogs are up and they won’t be taken down so if you do fall behind, pick back up right where you left off.” I’ll second her sentiment!
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
What stood out to me…..
More than ever, I am aware of the differences people have; differences in style, looks, skin color, preferences, opinions, etc. I’m also cognizant of what seems to be a sensitivity by all of us as a society to all of the differences.
My girls should have earned credit hours in sociology for all of the conversations they have endured with their parents about the perception of others and political correctness. I’m no professor, but I would guess 95% of the serious conversations Jason and I have with the kids, the parents of our generation (and all those previous), didn’t happen.
Honestly, while there are many great things about increased communication from a young age, my motives aren’t always pure when I discuss important issues within my family. Sometimes, I find myself coaching the words or thoughts of my kids from a fear of embarrassment. I don’t want them to offend someone who may not be sensitive to the naivety of kids or give our family a name of being unkind.
But, as I let the Lord show me more of who He is through His word, I’m learning He isn’t seeking a behavior modification from us or for those around us.
He is seeking a heart transformation and a renewal of our thinking through the wisdom only He can give.
We are seeking His Spirit, so we can know Him better. When we know more of who God is, we can see Him in ourselves and others.
Lord, let us see the delight You have for Your children as we encounter others today. May the tender grace you offer us for inequities be seen in our treatment of others. May we not seek kindness for others as a means of a societal rule, but in obedience to Your nature. By your Spirit, help us to look more like You today than we did yesterday Father. Amen.
For Monday, July 20, read Ephesians 2:1-10