“1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:1-2
After a long pause in writing anything devotional I decided to get my feet wet tonight.
I had been reading passages out of a Sunday school quarterly and although I understood the lesson, I just wanted to go somewhere else.
So I did.
I decided to read from Ephesians, and stopped after Ephesians 1:2.
You might be thinking, “Well she didn’t get very far.”, but you know what? I really did. Whenever I believe I have truly heard from God and the message is “Grace be to you and peace” that is a message worth quietly contemplating.
Have you ever been with a friend or family member when they took a phone call from another friend or family member, and then turned to you and said “Mom sends her love”, or “He says for me to give you a hug for him.”? Now imagine your friend is passing on a message to you from your Heavenly Father.
I used to become uncomfortable when I read the words “saints”, and “the faithful”, and tended to initially disqualify myself. But not tonight.
I looked at the word “faithful”.
I used to think that meant “the consistently obedient”. But tonight I thought, “You know, you are not consistently obedient to your husband, but you have never strayed from him…You are a faithful wife…so maybe you still sin daily, but you go to the Lord and to no other in prayer, and you trust no other as your Savior…Theresa, you are faithful.”
Then I thought “Is it really that simple?”, so I typed “Ephesians 1:1 commentary in the search bar, and found a commentary written by Alexander MacLaren at biblehub.com.
These words really blessed me:
“The saints are saints because they are first of all faithful. ‘Faithful’ here, of course, does not mean, as it usually does in our ordinary language, ‘true’ and ‘trusty,’ ‘reliable’ and ‘keeping our word,’ but it means simply ‘believing’; having faith, not in the sense of fidelity, but in the sense of trust.”
Shall I write a poem now? I think I will write an acrostic poem. Here goes.
“Faithful” by Theresa Anne Moore
F ully persuaded to trust in His love
A wakened to walk in a course from above
I nclining to hear as He speaks to the heart
T rembling with reverent joy He imparts
F orgoing philosophies vainly promoted
U tterly treasuring His wisdom. . . devoted
L oving partakers of His grace thereof
Yikes! I left out the “H” I will try to repair this poem soon. Sorry. 😦
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