January 19, 2014

ephesians4-1

Ephesians 4:1-16

“Godspell” was a popular musical about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus based on the gospels of Matthew and Luke. In this season of Epiphany, as Jesus calls us to follow him, the words of one of its songs, “Day by Day,” remind us of who we are as the Church. “Day by day, Oh dear Lord, three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.”

As we begin a new year of faith and discipleship, St. Paul issues the Church a challenge as he encourages us “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” Paul is calling us to live as new creations in Christ. While this seems impossible—like a lot of our resolutions—we are not alone in this journey of following Christ. We have the power and love of the Triune God with us: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—God for us, God with us, and God in us. All things are possible with God, as we are connected to Jesus, the life-giving vine. God’s Holy Spirit calls, gathers, and enlightens us on our journey with the power and love of God.

Prayer: God of love and grace, help us use the gifts of the Spirit to equip and build up one another in Christ’s love so that you may be glorified. Amen

Today’s devotion was written by Doug Hefner,
Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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