Kingdom Workers are: R E S C U E D.
Before we get into our devotion for the day, let’s recapture some of the moments that we had from yesterday!
When it comes to our faith or just life in general, there are days that we feel inadequate and there are certainly days where we think about throwing in the towel — “its just too hard!” And we want to scream at the top of our lungs, HELP!!! It’s in those moments that we grasp at what we know about God, but if we are honest logic gets thrown out the window when anxiety and stress come flooding in. We know God loves us but it doesn’t feel like it in the moment, we know that God has a purpose for me, but it doesn’t seem like there is anyway out of this mess.
Today at MOVE we will be studying Ephesians 1:15–23 (take just a moment and read these verses) and our theme is Kingdom Workers are “rescued.” Do you hear the rescue plan that Paul portrays in these verses? Lets look at it through the lens of a parent.
As a parent we might get sidetracked on what is most important in any given situation; Paul prays for the gift of being wise, of seeing things people can’t normally see.
As a parent we may get wrapped up in our mind and default to what we know; Paul prays that we can connect our head and our heart and know God through out inmost self.
As a parent there are times where we don’t see our parenting as much and that may spiral us into not seeing our purpose and ourselves as much; Paul prays that we would know the hope, which he has called us.
As a parent we default to providing for the needs of our family and most of the time it doesn’t look like much or we wish it were better; Paul prays that we would know the riches of His glorious inheritance.
Finally, as a parent we need help; Paul prays that we would know the immeasurable greatness of His power!
“You (God) have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
• Reread Ephesians 1:15–23 and reflect on these questions:
- What is a circumstance I’m currently in that I need Godly wisdom?
- How we shape God, shapes us. In what ways do I inaccurately view God? How can I reengage this week with my Father who loves me and has rescued me?
- How should my family and I live out our purpose and be good stewards of the inheritance that has been given to us?
- How can I ask other parents around me for help?
Here are three ways you can be praying for your child and other students at MOVE today:
- Thank God for the fact that he loved us so much that he designed a rescue plan for all of creation to be renewed, restored, and ultimately reconciled back to Him.
- Paul wrote out a prayer for the church of Ephesus (and for us today). Take a few moments and write a prayer to your child. You can either keep it to yourself or send it to them via text.
- Pray for God’s power to be released in the life of your child. That they would recognize the Holy Spirit living within them and their connection within the Body of Christ; the Church!
“King Jesus we are grateful that you rescued us for a purpose and we pray that we would recognize the power of the Holy Spirit living in us to further your Kingdom for your Glory. Amen. “