Friday, May 30, 2014

Whose in charge here?

Ephesians 1:15-23...some interesting stuff here.  Here are some thoughts...

How little we know.  Paul's prayer in verses 16-20 is all about his request that God give us the spiritual wisdom and vision to know God and to know the hope we have, the richness of his blessing, and the great power that is at work in know...the power that raised Christ from the dead.  Though he thanks God for the faith of the people, Paul realizes just how much is still lacking or unknown.  The same is true today.  It isn't simply a problem with faith, but a lack of understanding...a lack of vision...a lack to knowing all that we have to carry out our lives and work as the people of church.  Maybe that is why sometimes it seems there is so little life in the church.  We are not drawing 'life' from the source.

Just what is the church.  In verses 22-23 there are some amazing things to consider. Paul sees the church as part of God's great plan of creation. It is not some social cultural development, but the living body of Christ on earth.  It's life and growth comes through Christ who is the head of the church.  The church is also filled with his presence, living in his life, receiving through him all the gifts and abilities needed to carry out the work of the kingdom of God, as well as the grace which enriches our lives.

One final thought that comes through all this is captured in verse 21.  Here Paul answers clearly and plainly the question..."Whose in charge here?".  His answer?   Christ.

Friday, May 16, 2014

It's been awhile...

It's been a couple of months since I put anything down in this blog. Probably because I cam working through one of those times in life trying to figure out who I am now and where I want to be in the coming years.  Sadly, but no clear answers yet.  However there are some developing ideas.  The text from 1 Peter 2:2-10 inspired me to put something out there this week.  In this portion of the letter there are some telling comments about just who I am, or maybe, who I am called to be in Christ.  Phrases like 'living stones', 'royal priests', 'holy nation', 'God's own people' make me stop and think.  Are these words describing who I am  or who I am meant to be?  And just what does that mean in terms of everyday living?  How do I fulfill the role of royal priest or living stone?  What does it mean to be part of a holy nation or God's own people?  Big questions. I'm still working on the answers.