I’ve heard all about you. Words that I’m never sure are terrifying or heart-warming. Does my reputation precede me? Am I notorious? Or has someone actually been telling someone else nice things about me? Maybe I shouldn’t feel so guilty! But it a serious thought. If someone has heard all about us, what would it be?
Ephesians 1:15-23 (CEV)
15 I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. 16 So I never stop being grateful for you, as I mention you in my prayers. 17 I ask the glorious Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit. The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means to know God. 18 My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God’s people.
19 I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used 20 when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven. 21 There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well.22 God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything. 23 The church is Christ’s body and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything.
Paul has heard about the Ephesians. Good things by the sound of it. The reputation that precedes them is of their faith and love. They have done well, and Paul is grateful for them and their witness.
But that doesn’t stop him continuing to pray for them, that they will continue to discover new things about God and the life of faith.
- What might someone have heard about me and my life and faith? What might they have noticed?
- However much I might think I know, however well I am perceived, or not, to be doing; there is always more to learn, more to discover of God, that in turn will effect how I live further.
- do I continue to pray, even for those who seem to have life sorted?
Thank you Lord,
for those who are a shining example
of how to live for you.
when I do not meet that standard,
help me to learn more of you
and let that effect my life.
May I never think
I know everything about you,
and stop listening
but always be open
to what you long to teach me