by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Good morning, my friend!
Welcome to another encounter with God in His Word. Take a deep breath. Smile. Remember that you are in the presence of God “Who sits enthroned above the circle of the earth” and yet is there with you! As things come to your mind that demand attention, hand each one to your Father.
Context: We’ve been learning about God’s holiness, and that HE has plans for making US holy. As we open the New Testament, it becomes clear that the center of God’s plan is His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. From the moment of His birth, it is clear that Jesus is Holy. He came for a number of purposes, but central among them was to make us holy by His sacrifice on the cross in our place. Jesus not only made a way for us to be cleansed and redeemed and adopted in heaven, but to begin that work in us now.
In Ephesians 5, Paul notices that God gave marriage to show us something of what Jesus’ love for His Church is like (He is the groom, His people are the bride). In the middle of this analogy, we learn what Jesus is doing in us right now. Read Ephesians 5:26-27.
What is Jesus’ plan for you?
What role does Jesus have in our being “cleansed?”
What is Jesus’ plan for you in the end? How do you feel about this?
What characteristics of the Lord are revealed in these verses? After you write down 4-5, take the time to “take each truth about God and, one at a time, make it a matter of meditation before God.” Reflect on what God is like in these verses. (Take you time!)
Now, next to each attribute of the Lord you have written down, go back and write how each one makes a difference in your life. Then take time to thank the Lord for each one. (Again, take your time!)
Who are two people you know who don’t know Him? Pray for them that God would open their hearts and give you a chance to love them.
What things are before you today that you need the Lord’s help with? Ask His leading and help that in each of these things, He would be honored!