PRAYING FOR A BIGGER FAMILY



Jesus still wants to agitate His tribe, the one that we have been adopted into. The gospel calls us to enlarge our vision of family, church and community. We have been called to work in the ‘Father’s Business’.


When Paul was called by Jesus to be a messenger to the Gentiles, he described his part in God’s work this way:


Ephesians 3:
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.


Paul was humble in his realization that his own adoption into God’s family was a gift that he did not earn. It was God’s initiative that saved him and God’s empowerment enabling him to go to those outside the tribe.

We need that same humility and recognition of God’s heart to see a larger family than our own.

To the end that God’s desire be accomplished, I leave you with one of Paul’s prayers for the church at Ephesus.


Ephesians 3:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.



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