Can you name any three of the ten commandments? Or, two of the Gospels?
Can you list some of the apostles?
Is this the correct chronological order for Biblical leaders: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Paul, and Jesus?
Did you know we are not to associate with a gossip? (Prov. 20:19)
At the risk of revealing my age, I “confess” that I have two grandsons who recently graduated from high school. During that sweet time of reminiscing, I found a picture of me reading to them together when they were less than two from “Elmo”- one of those picture books with the music and sound buttons. In the window seat near where we sat in our big recliner also lay my Bible. As I looked at that picture, I was saddened. Not sadness because they were now grown and that time was past, but emotions of deep regret because I had not been reading to them from His Word during each and every opportunity I had been given.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a
What the Bible Says
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul shared his desire for the new Christains of the church to know and understand what great wealth they had in Christ. The verse above is a part of a prison prayer for his new converts, and it is not in any way referring to materialism. On the contrary, Paul was praying for us, as well as the Ephesian believers:
- to be enlightened- to be able to see and understand spiritual content,
- to have hope-with Christ we have a living hope, the Comforter within us day by day, encouraging us to live for Him in all we do,
- to know the riches of His inheritance, in His saints, that’s us! Even though I have never felt like a saint, that is how He sees us, and
- to understand the exceeding greatness of His power we have in the Holy Spirit, the dynamic energy to which we have access. We need His power, not only because we are so weak, but also because we have enemies in the spiritual realm that would love to rob us of our peace, and we cannot fight them alone. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
Food for Thought
Even though we become “rich” when we accept Christ, unless we read the “bankbook” we will never understand the spiritual wealth, precious gems, and priceless truths God has for us. It is not enough just to know about God; we become more satisfied and at peace when we really “know” Him as our Guide, Friend, and most importantly “Abba” or Father.
- Spend time in His Word,
- Train your children to do the same, and
- Attend church, one which not only reads scripture, but teaches scripture as well.
- Determine to grow spiritually through sound Biblical leaders and teachers such as: Dr. Robert Jeffress on Pathway to Victory, Dr. David Jeremiah onTurning Point, and/or Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries, just to name few.
About the Writer:
Beverly has been an educator, administrator, educational sales representative, Sunday school teacher, and mentor; but most importantly is a wife, mother, and grandmother with a passion for sharing Christ.