Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-23
Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus is that the Holy Spirit would bring wisdom and revelation to the church so that they would know Jesus better. Paul lists three reasons why he is praying this prayer: to know the HOPE of salvation; to know the riches of the larger church; and, to gain a sense of His power.
It is one thing to know who Jesus is. A good teacher. A man with the power to perform miracles. A moral example. Yes, Jesus is all of these things. But to know Jesus more, to the depth of calling on Him as Lord and Savior, requires faith and belief that He is the Son of God. Once our ‘knowledge’ of Jesus has reached this place, then we begin to live for Him and not for self, knowing that our salvation, the eternal rescue of our spirit, rests firmly in His hands.
As we become a part of a community of faith we become richer. The fellowship, worship, mentoring, accountability, and love of the faithful makes our lives so much better. In turn we too can discover and offer the gifts that God has bestowed upon us to enrich the lives of the church and the world in which we live. These experiences of sacrificially giving of self to others and receiving from others unconditionally opens the way for us to begin to sense His power at work. It is through these acts of love and sacrifice that we begin to truly live as Jesus lived. As we connect others to Him, we ourselves deepen our relationship with Jesus as well.
May we be His witness and example today, growing in our knowledge of Jesus Christ by following Him in all we do today.