This week, I feel like a lot of ground was covered in a few verses, so I want to wrap up a little and look back on some things that I didn't look at in these verses. I think that after looking at such small segments of scripture, we can easily get stuck in the details and forget the big picture laid out before us. So, I just want to widen our lenses this morning and look at Ephesians 4:1-13.
Paul opens this chapter with a reminder that we are to live in unity with one another because this reflects a life that is worthy of our calling. One thing that I overlooked was the statement that there is "One God and Father who is over all, in all and living through all." This is an awesome statement because God is our Creator and is over all things, yet He has put Himself in His creation and we can experience Him through all. This thought is continued again in verses 7-10 where we are reminded how Christ humbled Himself by coming down to earth and lived among us. Verse 10 says, "And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself." I love this because we see that Christ is "over all, in all, and through all."
This should effect how we live out our faith as it is stated in Philippians 2:5-11; please look it up. We are told that since this is what our Lord and Savior has done for us, we are to live with the same attitude of humility that He modeled. Since Christ is over all, in all, and through all; we should be living with the unity that would reflect this reality. When we as a church show the unity that God has intended for the church, we are showing the world that Christ is truly in all. This is why Christ gave the wonderful gifts of apostles, evangelists, prophets, pastors, and teachers to the church. Verse 13 says, "This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." Basically, Christ will continue gifting the church until the church reflects the unity that we have been called to live. This unity with Christ within the church is what God has ordained. This is part of your personal invitation. You belong to something greater than yourself!
What can you do to reflect that Christ fills the universe with Himself? How are you allowing God to put you in a place of unity with Him and the church?
I am excited to tell you that I am now going to be writing a regular post at Seeds of Faith. This is a Christian women's blog and I will be posting on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Today is my first post and you can find it at http://www.seedsoffaithwomen.com/?p=1806.
Linking up with Brag on God Fridays.