Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hope of His Calling

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1:15-22, New King James Version

Hope of His Calling

It was very hard for me to not include all of Ephesians 1 in this devotional. I urge you to take the time to read the entire first chapter, as it is so rich for the Christian. I often think of the statements, "If it is too good to be true, then it probably is not true." Though that is often the case, it certainly does not apply to the Christian life. As I read through the morning news, I am stunned anew by the sin of mankind. Truly, there is no hope apart from Christ!

In Christ, however, there is hope! We have the hope of His calling. What does that mean?

Look at just the things Paul mentioned in this first chapter of Ephesians.

*God gives us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
*God opens the eyes of our understanding.
*God gives us the riches of the glory of His inheritance.
*God gives us the exceeding greatness of His power, according to the working of His mighty power.
*God worked all of this for us when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand.

Who is God, that He can make such promises?

[God is] far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Think of that. This God is our God! How can we get out of bed each day and joyfully serve the Lord no matter what our present circumstances? We cannot in and of ourselves, but God gives us the strength and the power. There is no power in heaven and in earth greater than God. He is far above all principality and power and might and dominion!

We have the hope of His calling! That should put a spring in your step and song in your heart!

God Bless You,
Linda

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