Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ephesians 1:3-14

Our culture often teaches us to have a short memory. The phrase, “What have you done for me lately?” is commonly heard, and if not spoken it is a phrase often thought.

The tyranny of the immediate consumes our resources and dominates our thoughts. At work, at home, and at church we become firefighters – moving from one fire to the next, extinguishing the daily flames of problem, worry and circumstance. We take on a crisis mentality and become focused only on the moment, rarely taking time to reflect on the successes, triumphs, and blessings of the past.

Evidently, we are similar to the Ephesians in this respect for Paul uses today’s reading to remind them not only of what God has done for them but to remember God’s promise for their future. The verses are true for us as well, so let’s reflect on them for a moment and remember what God has done for us and promised to us:

He chose and predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, to be holy and blameless in his sight that we might be the praise of his glory.
He blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
He revealed to us the mystery of his will and marked us with his Holy Spirit.

It’s a good thing to step away from the demands of the moment, look back to remember God’s faithfulness, and to look forward with hope to the eternity we have waiting for us.

Alan Davenport

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