1/8/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 1:15-16 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Paul was overjoyed when he heard of the love the church in Ephesus expressed towards other Christians. This action brought him to continually give thanks to God for them and their efforts to transfer the expression of God’s love within their lives into the world. Paul’s reaction to this situation is valuable. We try so hard to look good before those outside of the church that we sometimes forget how to act towards those with whom we worship. Why is that the case? It would be hard to generalize a response except to say that those with whom we attend church are usually placed upon a different plane of our lives. We tend to separate those who need to be saved from those who already made the decision. We tend to see those outside the faith as the ones we are trying to impress, because it is so wonderful to see someone come to the foot of the cross due to our efforts. So we offer them a slight elevation within our time and efforts. What we sometimes forget is that the members of our church are more important than we realize. Without the other members, there would be no church. Without their efforts, there would be no church. We need to seek civility within the church, civility between us and all other believers, thus allowing us to become more unified in our faith and more focused in our walk with God.

Prayer Starter:

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Lord, help me cherish the members of my church. Help me cherish their presence, their efforts, and their responses to issues that arise within the church.

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