One of my favorite writers of the New Testament is Paul. I don’t know why, but I just feel such a connection to him and a truth speaking to me in his writings. And one of my favorite of his letters is Ephesians. Today I started working on my reading and as a general rule, I tend start by copying my daily verse or psalm or chapter in a notebook. I’m one of those people whose brain learns best by slowing down and writing something. It also gives me a chance to go back and underline stuff that I find speaks to me.
So I had just finished writing out Ephesians 4:1-9 when I realized that the verses I was supposed to be reading were Ephesians 5:6-20 (also great btw). But here’s where I thought, well I guess God really wanted to read this part of chapter 4 because I had to double take to even figure out how I could have possible mis-read what today’s reading was. And since this was the part I felt compelled to blog about, one of you people reading this blog post also needed this verse today.
What was Ephesians 4:1-9 about you ask? Unity in the Body of Christ. And here are verses 1-7 for you to read and reflect on with me.
“…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble, and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
That you know God is no accident. He called you. He chose you. He loves you. All you have to do is reach out and accept the grace that Christ has apportioned to you.