A Great Big Blessing

By July 8, 2015Sanctuary

Casey-for-staff-page-2-150x150This week, we will find ourselves challenged by the poetic (and rambling) language of the opening passage of Ephesians. On the surface, it feels like a messy string of church vocabulary words meant to confuse us to our core. As we settle into it though, this text paints a picture for us of God’s unrelenting determination to bless humanity.

These verses are a reminder that God’s love for us is great. By grace, it is promised. We might struggle to hear this message, but kids don’t have as much trouble with this, do they? I wonder if it’s because we are so faithful to tell them all the time. “I love you.” “God loves you.” “You are special.” “You are precious.” “Jesus loves you.” We even sing with them:

Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

But something happens to all of us as we grow up. People stop telling us so much. We find reasons to question our worth and we sometimes doubt God’s love for us.

This passage from Ephesians reignites that overwhelming sense of our belovedness that many of us had as children. It dismisses our guilt, our self-rejection, our hopelessness. It speaks to each of us and reminds us of God’s profoundly gracious love for us — still today. Remember the last verse of that sweet song:

Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live.

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

You are loved! I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Casey

 

 

 

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