THURSDAY, MARCH 1
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-6
In Ephesians 1:3-6 Paul expresses what Christ has done for us that enables us to become part of His family. He starts out in verse 4 by declaring that we are chosen and then we are made holy, we are without blame, we are adopted into God’s family and we are accepted. The single thing we are asked to do in this process is to believe and embrace the nine sonship gifts God has given. If we can accept these gifts as they are outlined in Ephesians, we can participate as active members of God’s family equal to those who literally walked with Him in Scripture. This is a growth process that every believer can walk through which is like gardening. The seed is the Word and our hearts are the soil. Declaring and believing the Word is planting the seed in our hearts. This is a process we have to actively give our attention to. Anyone who grew up on a farm can testify—farming is hard work but potentially rewarding at harvest time. Patience and diligence are required for farming, watering and weeding. To do this and see fruit and growth takes commitment and resolve applied over time! Maturing fully in Christ is a life-time pursuit!