PASTOR’S MID-WEEK MESSAGE

January 6, 2021

Reflections on Ephesians 1: 15-23

 

The Apostle Paul sets the bar high for New Year’ resolutions.

For the Ephesians he desires hope, riches, and power.

That’s not too much to ask for 2021 is it?  Just to have hope, to get rich, and to be powerful? Actually, I want all this for the church.  Personally I would be satisfied with riches.  But the church needs all three.

Of course, Paul has something specific in mind.

In the verses preceding our lesson, Paul reminds the church at Ephesus that in Christ Jesus,

“…you…have heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation” and in Him “you have believed, and in Him you were sealed with the Holy Spirit which is the guarantee of our inheritance…”

Then he continues as we read today:

“For this reason; because I have heard of your faith…

I pray…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…”

This is an important year for Riverside.  On Sunday, January 10th we will vote on the Pastor Nominating Committee’s recommendation for the call of a new pastor.  This will launch us into the next chapter of our congregational life.  It is an exciting time; it is a critical time.

Taking Paul’s words to the Ephesians as his words to us, we note – Paul prays

that God will give us the wisdom to know three things;

that God will give us the wisdom to recognize three gifts of the Holy Spirit:

  1. The hope to which we are called
  2. The riches of God’s inheritance among the saints, and
  3. The power of believing.

These are the provisions we need for the journey of 2021.  These are the resources we need to have in hand if we are to faithfully serve the cause of Christ in the coming year.

 

Stay safe my friend, and be patient.