Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 338 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Ephesians 1; Ephesians 2; Ephesians 3; Ephesians 4 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Ephesians 1:17, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,
so that you may know him better.”
Ephesians 2:4, “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ…”
10 “For we are God’s handiwork [workmanship], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 3:8, “Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ…”
20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Paul wrote amazing letters! Ephesians is loaded!
As I looked over the verses above, it was as though I was looking at an outline of my life, my walk with the Lord.
Each verse had some significance to me, beyond the Lord highlighting it this morning.
He made me alive in Christ. Called me to good works. Wants me to be completely humble, gentle, compassionate…
He is able to do immeasurably more than I could ask or imagine!
And he wants me to draw close, to know him better and better.
Paul is so practical… clear in what he wants people to do, or to not do. He is constantly encouraging people to press in. To bear with each other. To forgive others as Christ has forgiven them, us, me.
I think that’s it for me for today. Just a simple reminder of all that he has done for me and how he wants me to live.
Thank you Lord for making me alive in Christ!