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Weekly Devotionals

Pause and Reflect

Ephesians 2: 1-10

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

For the past three weeks, I have been leading our Wednesday night Bible Study on Ephesians. It has been an amazing time in terms of once again being reminded of how rich Ephesians is. There is so much wisdom that we can learn from about God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and how all that Paul writes instructs us, the body of Christ, to live out our lives in faith.

So, one of my favorite things to do during Bible study is to present a discussion question and for us to take time to share with each other our experiences, thoughts, and opinions. As I prepare the discussion questions for the bible study, I always consider how I would answer them.

And for this week’s devotional, I wanted to share three questions that challenged me to come up with specific answers, not generalized ones.

Here are the three questions that I hope you take intentional time throughout the week to pause and reflect upon:

  1. What implications does the gospel of hope and resurrection have in your everyday life?
  2. What is one transformation you know you have witnessed in your life through the power of the crucified Christ?
  3. How has your life been enriched by knowing Jesus?

I would like you to take a step deeper when answering these questions. Do not settle for the first answer that comes to mind, but lean in to see if there’s more and to search deeper.

If time permits, meet with a brother or a sister in Christ to have this discussion together. Have a time of sharing, encouragement, and prayer. So this week, I challenge all of us to consider if our faith in the Lord is a once-a-week event or if it is the well from which all aspects of our lives flow. I pray you will have meaningful moments of reflection this week.

God bless.