Focal Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23
I am so quick to forget God’s grace. In an instant, I can recall any and every time I felt as if a prayer went unanswered, moments where it seemed that God didn’t show up, or seasons where God’s presence felt distant. I have to work to remember what God has done in Christ Jesus. In fact, I have to remember to remember!
Paul knew this phenomenon is common among Christians. We forget. So, he remembered to pray so the Ephesians would not forget. What does Paul point to as a reminder of God’s work among the Ephesians? The finished work of Christ (Ephesians 1:20-23).
When love overwhelms us, and we begin to forget the kindness of God toward His people, our hearts wander into a place where we ask questions like: Is God good? Does God love me? Has he met my greatest need?
Paul reminds the Ephesians, and he reminds us, that God is good. God has given an inheritance to people who had no inheritance and who deserved nothing but judgment (Ephesians 1:1). He reminds us God does love us because, since eternity past, He has been working toward our salvation through Christ (Ephesians 1:3-17).
Paul’s words to the Ephesians declare that God has met our greatest need in Christ. It is Christ who died in our place. It is Christ who was raised from the dead, by God the Father, as the evidence of His finished work (Ephesians 1:20). It is Jesus who sits at the right hand of God the Father, ruling and reigning over all things, bringing everything under subjection to His kingship (Ephesians 1:20-23).
When we are tempted to forget, we must remember to remember. The place that will stir our remembrance of God’s work and grace in the present will be God’s work in the past, at the cross, through His Son.
The place that stirs our knowledge and remembrance of God’s grace for today, is what God did on that great and terrible day, through the death of His Son. We must remember to remember.