It’s Sunday. If you’re off to church this morning, look around you. God has placed each of us where we are for a reason. Remember, we’re His representatives, His priests, Christ’s partners, and that is not only as we go into the world but also as we live with our brothers and sisters in the family of God. The Spirit of Christ has connected all of His body for the good of each of us! He created this connection of His people so that we grow more and more like Him, together.
This connection is meant to give us strength and knowledge and to help us grow up in our faith and love and hope.
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:16)
Each one of us, given a part to play — in supplying what other followers of Christ need!
Genius, isn’t He ?
That’s not limited to the congregation you’ll sit in this morning. It’s in your relationship with coworkers who also follow Jesus; it’s in your online networks with other Christians; it’s in your closest friendships and in your casual encounters in everyday life. Each one of us is called to a special ministry to every other child of God.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another … Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. (from 1 Peter 4:10, 11)
I ask God to give me the strength and energy to use my gifts well to serve you. I look to you to help me grow in my faith and hope and love.
The purpose of this week was to remind us, to encourage our faith to go forward over the safe and sure bridge of this hope — that God supplies all we need to live out the purpose and mission He has for us here.
Seven days is far too short a time to grasp this huge promise; and, really, living it out is the only way to even begin to understand it.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to look at specific ways God keeps this promise. And in the coming weeks, I hope we all are also awake to the countless ways the Father provides for His children.
For today, and tomorrow and tomorrow, blessings.
Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever!
Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created.
More Scripture to remind and comfort you: Psalm 23; Psalm 25:15, 20; Psalm 37:23; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 28:16; Isaiah 41:13; John 6:35; John 15:5; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 1:7-9; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Ephesians 1:19-20; Ephesians 3:20; Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 5:8-9; Philippians 2:13; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:9-10; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 7:15-17
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