Today’s focus is Ephesians 3:14 – 4:6….lately, I am really frustrated with so many who try to convince me and others of “who their candidate is”. The problem I have with so many is the inability to articulate a basis for their support absent a litany of disdain for “the other candidate”. Everyone could take a lesson from Paul…he applies a distinct focus on what he is for…and, who we should be for.
Paul starts with God…Creator of all good. And he prays that God will strengthen us – and, in so doing says, don’t rely on ourselves. More importantly, Paul tells us that God is abundantly able because of the power of the Holy Spirit and the Living Christ dwelling in us. Paul then goes on to tell us how and he does so in a very unique way…he begs us! Begs us. But, he begs us in the context of a unique set of parameters – humility, gentleness, patience, love and peace.
Unlike the vast majority of individuals today who want me (or you) to understand why they are for or against someone…aka, Clinton or Trump, the prevailing argument lies in a basis of the other candidates failings. Paul doesn’t present the failings of those who sin…instead, from Chapter 1 on he discusses the grace of God and the blessings of Christ as his basis for what he is for. Make no mistake – Paul does not support sin…however, grace is his argument. In today’s passage, he punctuates that with the fact that we are “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called”…Paul presents the basis for what he is for.
Friends…the other reality is this…no matter who wins this November’s election, I still will affirm who I am for and it won’t be Clinton or Trump. Why? Because, no matter who is President of this country, my faith is not in either one of them…my faith lies in the one “to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”