Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-14
By: Ashley Berryhill
This week we enter into Holy Week, a week that changed eternity. As we continue our observation of Lent, let us all be intentional to reset our minds and hearts on the reason why we are followers of Jesus.
Ephesians is a rich book and unique to the Pauline epistles. As we spend time over the next few days meditating on passages from Ephesians, I want us all to understand that our church’s theme for the year opens and closes the book of Ephesians. Love, God’s agape love, is on full display!
This letter starts in verses 1-14 with on long sentence. It is a sort of prayer and a song centered on God’s redemption of us through Christ. In this expression of praise, our identity as Jesus followers is explained.
Do we truly believe that our identity is found only in Jesus, or do we let the world define this? Knowing and living into our identity is powerful. The world has so much to say to us about who we are and who we should be. Expectations are handed down and passed on through generations, communities, friendships, employment, governments, and cultures. This week we are invited to shed all these expectations, the expectations that we carry and sometimes so willingly place upon ourselves. It’s time to strip-away everything down to the core of who God tells us we are and to live into this. As we reset ourselves for this year and this decade, we should heed caution on what we consciously and subconsciously believe about your identity.
Take a moment to read the passage slowly, stopping at every “in Him” to take-in fully your identity as a follower of Jesus. Use this time to ask God to help you live more fully into your identity as a redeemed child of God.