My personal motivation to you
My pastor has recently been challenging the congregation to read the book of Ephesians every day or throughout the week. I've read Ephesians before, but every time I go through it, I feel like new things pop out at me every time. In a nutshell, the book of Ephesians tells us what God did, what we should do about it, and how to do it. Here is my very simple outline of what I have personally learned from Ephesians.
What God did:
God made a way. for us as sinners to have unity with Him. It is found all throughout the book. God adopted us into His family. He has predestined me. He showed grace to me. He had mercy upon me. He loved me! That's what God did. He prepared a sacrifice through His son, Jesus Christ, and made it possible for me to have life in Christ. It's truly the greatest love story known to man. God chose me before the creation of the world, and He knew He would save me someday. Isn't that amazing? God has chosen us. He knew how rotten and filthy in sin I'd be, yet He still decided to send Jesus to die for me. God made a way for all to have unity with Him. God showed love to the world.
What we should do:
God has given a purpose to believers in Jesus Christ. He has chosen us, and has a plan for us. Paul reminds me how dead I was in sin, and how God has saved me. To God be the glory! Through His grace He has saved me. Now I need to walk worthy to that calling. God wants me to live up to the standard of a Christian. We need to mature in Christ. God doesn't want to live the way we use to live. He has changed us! He has made us alive. A living man doesn't act as the dead man does. He shows life. We need to show we are alive in Christ and not dead to sins. We need to get rid of our old sinful habits. We can't hold hands with God and the world. Put it away. Just because we become saved, does not mean we will not struggle. God doesn't promise an easy life; but He does promise the strength to get through it. He does promise a purpose. I need to live up to His standards and pursue the Christian life God has planned ahead of me.
How to do it:
I know I need to live differently. I know I need to glorify God and choose his way. I know I keep falling to sin. How do I stop. The last few chapters of Ephesians sum it up. I need to live the life of love. After putting off the old man, replace him with the new man. The old man is dead. Live as a new man alive in Christ. Don't fall back to old ways. Live as God's holy people live. I need to search out God's wisdom. I need to walk in the light. I need to live as a servant to others. That's how Christ lived; He laid the example when He was on earth. He came as a servant to us. I need to be in unity with the body of Christ and in unity with God. Ephesians tells me I will struggle against my flesh and this world. I am at war with sin. It's time to put the armor of God in play. Ephesians ends with telling me how to prepare for war. I love how it ends with prayer. Prayer is so important in my life; I need God daily. Prayer is so humbling to me as I hope it is to you.
That's the book of Ephesians in a nutshell. There is probably much more you can get out of that I did not cover, but this is what I grasped from it. I have been studying Ephesians in school, church, and my own daily devotions. I find new things each time. It's becoming one of my favorite books to read.
Here is a small part of one of my favorite messages from my pastor. If you have the time, I'd encourage you to listen to it. It really touches me, and I think it will encourage you also.
Lastly, thank you to all who have been following/reading my blog. It is very encouraging when I get feedback from those who read it. The Facebook likes, the shares, the comments, and the private messages have all been very motivating to me. It makes me want to keep writing. Keep sharing, liking, and giving me your thoughts. The more views I get, the more encouraged I am to write. In my first month of writing I had 1800+ views. I hope and pray that what I write touches the lives of others. What I write is only my own understanding of what God has laid upon my heart, and I believe He wants me to share it. To God be all the glory. Thank you!
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am only 18, but I've decided to start to write. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.