Ephesians Week 1, Day 5

Ephesians 1:1-14

Paul’s letter to the Church of Ephesus is a letter that can be sent to any church today.  He begins his letter asserting the redemption through Christ offered freely to us.   Before Paul goes on to talk about what a Christian life is or how to stand against the enemy, he starts with the promise of redemption and who our God is. Before we can understand how to practically live a Christian life, we have to know and rest in who God is first, and what He did first. Ultimately our relationship with God rests in His doing, not ours.  It always begins with Him.

In the movie “Taken”, Liam Neeson plays a father whose daughter has been kidnapped, to be forced into sexual slavery.  Liam Neeson’s character rushes quickly from his home, traveling to another continent, to find his child. He exhausts every resource in order to save his daughter, risking his life throughout the entire movie to not only deliver her, but to bring her home safely where she belongs.

So much of this movie makes me ponder how we have become slaves to sin and this world, stolen away from God’s original and perfect plan.  Yet our Father made the decision that He would not sit back and watch us be enslaved.  Christ left His perfect home and kingdom to come to earth to where we are, to deliver us and to ultimately bring us home safely.  Christ not only risked His life, but freely gave it away.  He not only left His home, but His Kingdom; to not just offer us a new home, but make us heirs to this Kingdom.  Receive your inheritance in Christ.

 

Jennifer Hong

About Jennifer Hong

Jennifer Hong served as the Intern Coordinator for Spiritual Formation from 2012-2013. Isaac Watson currently serves as the intern responsible for small group ministry. Emmanuel Jean-Pierre and Kong Hang are both serving as interns with Spiritual Formation with the PAVE program.
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