Chosen, Unified, Gifted - In His Word 4-24-2023


Chosen, United, Gifted- In His Word 4-24-23

I find the book of Ephesians has a lot of really good encouragement and direction for not only the people of Ephesus, but also us today.  

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. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So ,we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

Ephesians 1:1-8

This whole paragraph, 8 verses in Ephesians 1 could be stated in one sentence. God loved us so much that He chose us to be His, His kindness and grace being poured out on us, and the forgiveness of sin, precede the wisdom and understanding He gives us. Though that sums a lot of it up I want more! This blog is just a taste of the Word and Wisdom of God! 

We are chosen by God, given the gifts of grace, kindness and understanding, and to top it off He give us wisdom to know what to do with this!

When we accepted Christ we are given the Holy Spirit, we talked about this before, and through this God has revealed to us the mysterious will regarding Christ. It may not seem like we know anything somedays, but in His Word are all the instructions in righteousness , or right living, that we need. So what do we do with this great knowledge and wisdom? Do we keep the gift of Grace to ourselves>

That my friend, is not His plan. God’s plan is for us to share what He has done for us, with others. Now we can do this via verbal, or written word, or we can do it with the life we live. In other words, we live a life acceptable to God walking in His promises and guidance so that we literally shine with the Spirit of the living God.  This will inspire others to bring others to Christ just by our behaving the way God wants, and being the person God wants us to be. Did you know that?

Share what is real to you.

Stop and think why do you believe in Jesus?  Was someone else sharing with you, whether private or via a sermon someplace,, or maybe a movie? For me it was people sharing at the place I worked, some by living the life and some by dropping off ‘tracks’ for me and my coworkers to read. I do not know today if they changed anyone else but they drew me into the knowledge level of Christ, the spirit of the living God, our Holy Spirit drew me in by giving me spiritual appetizers! As I became interested in who God was by people around me sharing little things, like a tiny prayer my Aunt Lillian prayed at my Aunt Ruby’s funeral for God to keep back the rain, which He did, just over us in the Seattle area! These are the snacks that made me hungry for the Word, and as I read it I began to understand, and to believe totally in not just the Lord but His Holy Bible.

The next few weeks we will follow through Ephesians and I hope to inspire you to read some more of His Word and apply it to your life.

Today’s focus is getting a snack of the Word and inspiration to read some more!

I pray that God will draw you in today to grow closer! I pray that you will return to read the rest of the chapter and that you will see what God has for you in His Word, in Jesus’ name!