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Ephesians 3

God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles

3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Faith is to have trust in Christ.  Being rooted and grounded in love…”He loved us so much…”   Our response is to love God and love others.  Do I love God?  Will I follow Christ no matter what?  When I face the pressures of this world, will I trust that God has a plan, or will I worry over things I cannot control?  Hetty Green, known as the Witch of Wallstreet, was thought to be the richest women during the early 1900s.  She was so stingy with her money, it was said that she never used hot water or turned on the heat…and never washed her dresses fully…only the hems.  She refused to spend her fortune in any way, including for care of her son when he broke his leg.  A leg that never fully healed, and after several years, had to be amputated.  Ms. Green herself died after years of poor diet due to her unwillingness to pay for the food required to stay healthy.  Why did she live this way?  What experiences did she have in life that caused her to be afraid to live freely, and to horde her material belongings?  Why was she so fixated on the riches of this world?  Did she not know how to lay down her worries?  We need to be rooted and grounded in love, then we can live as if we already have access to all the riches…everyday…not just once we get to heaven.  We are reminded today to seek God at all times, not just when our favorite camp song plays, or when we are with our Christian friends…but at all times.  Show the joy, confidence and love of Christ in all things… Don’t horde the riches that have been freely given to us.  Ask yourself, “What do I need to lay down today?”.   Some answers may include hurt, anger, distrust, fear, sadness, pride, greed. We cannot manage to hold on to these things and ever experience real joy or real satisfaction.  Be filled with all the fullness of God and know the fullness of the love of Christ by trusting.