What a privilege it has been to be a part of this Ephesians study. The study itself has been so good for me and I have been very encouraged to see what God has been teaching all of you. I pray that your thirst for his word continues to grow.
I love how very organized Paul is in his writings. In Ephesians Paul spends the first half of the letter teaching us about some heavy doctrines and in the second half he tells us very practically how those doctrines should affect our everyday lives. (He does the same thing in the book of Romans.) Here are a few things that I am taking away from our Ephesians study.
Jesus Chooses (Eph. 1; 2:8-9)
There are moments, usually right after I have barked at the kids, or disciplined in the heat of the moment or when I have been in a generally unpleasant mood that I look at myself and think, “Why in the world did God ever chose me?” I can tell you, it certainly wasn’t because I have it all together or because I am so awesome. No, he chooses the unlovely (me), the annoying (me), the grumpy (me), the sinner (me) because of his immeasurable grace and mercy. This humbles me and gives me joy.
Jesus Redeems (Eph. 1)
Sometimes I feel like I suffer from spiritual amnesia because I am constantly forgetting how much Christ has done for me. Christ has paid a very heavy price for my release from the slavery of sin and instead of crawling back into that dark mess I need to live like one who is free. Free to run away from sin and free to love and obey God.
Jesus Forgives (Eph. 4:32 )
I am a forgiven sinner, but it is not just my past sins that Jesus has blotted out, he also willingly suffered for the sins that I have not yet committed. That is deep love and I need to imitate Jesus by making sure I forgive those who wrong me. When I feel pride creeping in all I need to do is look to the cross and I am humbled.
Jesus has all power (Eph. 1:19-20)
One thing I have learned is that life is unpredictable. It doesn’t matter how organized I try to be are or how many lists I make, things will not always go according to my plan. I am not in control. Jesus is. He has all the power, not only to save me and change me, but also to give me all the strength I need to make it through this topsy turvy life.
I am in “Christ” (Eph 2:18-22 )
I am in Christ and so are you! We have a lot in common. We struggle with the same sins and we have similar victories. We also have the same goals. What an encouragement this is to me knowing that I have sisters all over the world who are praying, studying and striving to be more like Jesus. We are all soldiers in the army of God, serving Christ our King and fighting sin and Satan. I love this, because it means I am not alone and neither are you.
As summer nears and the school year comes to an end it is easy to get thrown off by a new schedule. I am going to pray and work hard to keep Jesus as my focus. I hope you will too and God willing I will see you here again for the next Good Morning Girls Bible study.
Looking to Jesus,