January 13, 2021

Reflections on Ephesians 1: 15-23 Part 2


God’s word is the starting place for our consequential year at Riverside.  The Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, imparts the motivation, the courage, and the confidence to move ahead.  He prays  

that God…may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation

as you come to know him…so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know…the hope to which He has called you…the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and…the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe…”

Resources for the journey of 2021:

The hope to which we are called;

The riches of God’s inheritance among the saints; and

The power of believing.

Do we know the hope to which God has called us?

In the season of Advent we talked about the Messianic Hope of Israel.  This was a hope for a specific event or outcome.  For hundreds of years the early people of God hoped for the coming of a messiah; a savior; one like the son of David.  That hope was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

In the waning days of 2020 we began to hope for a vaccine that would put an end to the ravages of the Covid 19 pandemic.  That hope is being realized as the vaccine is being distributed.

But the hope to which God has called us is different.  It is not a hope for a specific result or occasion.  It is

a hope that calls us to a particular way of life;

a hope that gives us confidence and certainty for all events, outcomes, and results;

a hope that transcends the mundane, the particular, and the reasonable and

makes every moment holy.

The hope to which God has called us is the confidence that God is with us; that somehow God will work his purpose out in human life.

It is a hope that gives direction to our lives,

a hope that influences our values,

a hope that has an impact on our daily “to do” list,

a hope that enables us to live out our dreams.

I pray with Paul, that we will know the hope to which God has called us.


Stay safe my friend, and be patient.