Faith carries with it a profound irony. As believers and non-believers walk through this world, they experience many of the same joys, trials, disappointments, and events. The crucial difference lies in their perspectives on cause and effect and how they handle those situations. As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, when we become new creations in Christ, we receive a new perspective on life. All things become new, and the old passes away. This new perspective also requires us to include the Lord in our daily affairs and seek His guidance for direction and needs.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds us of this need to know our heavenly Father deeply. The Church in Ephesus was a crucial hub for the Christian world, led by renowned preachers such as Paul, the Apostle John, and Timothy. After acknowledging their faith and ministry, Paul reminds the Ephesians that, as God’s chosen people, they have access to all of the knowledge and power that God possesses. This power is the same depth that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at the Father’s right hand. This power remains available to them and is passed on through generations as they leave a legacy of faith for others to follow.
We are not human doings, my friends; we are human beings. As His chosen people, we need to focus on who we are in Christ and allow that focus to direct our paths and determine our identities. The world often tells us that our purpose and identity are entangled in what we do and what we collect in this life. However, the collections of accomplishments and treasures often tarnish and fade. What truly lasts is the impact we have for the Lord in the lives of those we know.
Our legacy is built on thriving children, Christian friends, and disciples, a good name, and a word that can still be sealed with a handshake. These things come from knowing God and following Him closely. They pass on through generations and leave an unshakable and eternal legacy. May God reward you as you seek to know Him deeply and leave a lasting legacy of faith for others to follow.
God Bless You
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.