November 02nd, 2015
This past Sunday morning, Brother Paul Wilkerson spoke concerning a prayer found in Ephesians 1:15-23. The message was quite profound, and the prayer is just as relevant today as it was then. As the Apostle Paul considered his fellow brethren in Ephesus, he gave thanks for their faithfulness. He then asked God:
1) to give them wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him
2) to enlighten their eyes of understanding
3) to help them know the hope of His calling
This is a prayer for the church today as well!
Despite the advanced technological world we live in, knowledge of God's Word seems to be disappearing. Faith comes by the hearing of the Word (Romans 10:17), so it is paramount that we are constantly studying to increase our level of wisdom. Our eyes need to be enlightened so that we might be a people of understanding, ever aware of the larger picture of our relationship with God. Finally, we need to be reminded of the great hope that was afforded to us by the death of our Savior on Calvary. In our busy lives, it is easy to forget this!
I hope Christians everywhere love, honor, and are thankful for their church family. In writing to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul uses the phrase "the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10). How beautiful of a title for the Lord's people!
What a shame it is when division occurs in the Lord's church.
What a shame it is when Christians no longer look forward to the assembly of the saints.
What a shame it is when Christians forget their first love.
What a glory it is, though, when Christians have wisdom, understanding, and hope.
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Bryan Morrison is a congregational teacher at the 19th Street Church of Christ.