Start with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)
Read Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-23
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 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. 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, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 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. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Paul reminds us, the faithful, that through Christ we are holy and blameless in God’s eyes. It was with forethought and purpose that he graciously sent his son to redeem us. This salvation is not just for us but is part of his great plan to bring unity to all things in heaven and earth. All of this is intended to bring praise and glory to God. When we profess our faith in the Lord Jesus, we were marked with the Holy Spirit to empower us. Pray as Paul did for this same Spirit to give you wisdom, that your heart may be enlightened to know the hope you have been called to, the riches of this glorious inheritance and his incomparable power.
Questions to Ponder:
Does knowing that your salvation is part of an intended great plan for the redemption of the entire world change your understanding of Jesus’s mission in your life? How?
Father God, thank you for the overwhelming gift of salvation that you have given me through the work of your son, Jesus. Help me to be a better part of your plan for the world’s redemption. Give me the wisdom that I need to get through each day to see how you are leading me on. May your Holy Spirit work in me daily to revel in the hope to which you have called me, to give you all the glory for the blessings I have received and to trust you in all things.
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