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Day #5 – We Can Love Beyond Ourselves

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ephesians 3:7-21 (NIV)

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 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, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Reflection

The passage here is Paul relating his background that is far and almost unattainable from where he used to be. Looking back he declares that it was not his own doing or will to go after those who are unlike him, but it was that undeniable power through the Spirit. With the same calling he has received to preach the Gospel beyond everything that has been familiar to him, Paul’s encouragement was for the church to be the same.

Response

God chooses the most unlikely to do His Kingdom work, for which Paul was one of them…and so are we. We are His church, and ‘unlikely lot’ that are Divinely called together in His love. Through Christ, the very power of God, it is now possible to live and love beyond ourselves. More than we can ask or imagine, we can love others who have not experienced the saving love and forgiveness of Christ.  When we do this, we are making it known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms that the impossible has become possible! Let us end this week with prayer and worship, thanking God for what he has done in each of us.  And let us ask that we will powerfully know the love of God more and more, and live lives that powerfully share this love with those around us.

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