Thursday, November 30

Ephesians 1:15-23

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Reflection

This past week I, like many of you, celebrated Thanksgiving with my family. It was a time for celebration, eating way too much food, and spending time with family. It was also a time, however, to stop and give thanks for all the things we have been given. Not only was it a time to give thanks for all the earthly things, but also the gifts we have been given by God, who gives these things to us each and every day, without hesitation.
 
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul starts off by giving thanks for the people of Ephesus and for their faith in Jesus and love for all of God’s people. Paul then prays for them, asking that God would continue to enlighten them, strengthen them, and surround them with the great power God has for them. Paul knows that God has gifted each of them for service in God’s church and prays that their eyes may be opened to go where God is calling them.
 
All of this, however, would not be possible if we didn’t have a God that loved us. Paul reminds us that this love that surpasses all things comes with the full weight of God’s power; the same power that was able to raise Christ from the dead. In Paul’s prayer to the people of Ephesus, he prays for them to be given the ability to know God better and to know the wondrous gifts God has given them. By praying this prayer, Paul is helping the people of Ephesus in better listening where God is calling them. Like the people of Ephesus, we too are surrounded by the love of God that surpasses all understanding and are free to live lives as God wants us to. In this season of giving thanks and looking forward towards the celebration of Christ’s birth, Paul’s words speak to us as we are reminded to give thanks for each person in our lives and to ask God for the wisdom and revelation to do the things God is calling you to do.

Prayer

Thank you for sending your unconditional love daily. I pray that the eyes of my heart be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me, the riches of your glorious inheritance in your holy people, and your incomparable great power for us who believe. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Pastor Adam Connolly

Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship

pconnolly@stjohns-springfield.org