i love being home
today i read ephesians 3
here paul talked about his calling. God called him to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ and share everyone that through the gospel all people are members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. Lastly he says "In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." so reading this, a lot of thoughts went through my head. first thing was that any kind of relationship we have with God right now was possible through christ. we are able to approach God through faith as well. second thing was that just as paul had a calling to preach the grace of God and his purpose for his people to the gentiles, we are on this missions team because we were called to build a relationship with the natives and spread the word of God. Just as paul says in this chapter that despite his incompetence and failures, God gave him grace to preach the word and plan of God, we were not called because we are such special people (although we are quite cool haha) but God's grace allowed us to do his will for his glory.
then paul prays for the ephesians in the next section. he prays that God may strengthen us with power through his Spirit in us, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. also he prays that we may be rooted and established in love and have the power to grasp how great (wide and long and high and deep) the love of Christ is- that we may be filled with the full measure of God. lastly he ends by saying that everything will be for his glory throughout all generations forever and ever. after reading this i thought that this should be the prayer that we should be praying. we should pray for strength that God may dwell in our hearts and for faith. we should also pray for full comprehension of the greatness of God- although i dont think we'll ever be able to fully fully grasp the vastness of Christ. . and lastly of course that everything we do is for God's glory.
yay im excited to see all your faces tomorrow!!
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