Ephesians 1:15-19

What makes a Pastor happy?  When he sees his congregation grow stronger and stronger in two things – faith and love (v.15).  These two things are the center what Scot McKnight calls the “Jesus Creed”, loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus called these the twin greatest commandments.  The opposite would be when a congregation is not even thinking about God all that much, and is in conflict with one another over matters of little consequence.

So Paul is excited about the Ephesian congregation and he goes to pray on their behalf, thanking God for them and praying that the Lord would lead them even deeper in the knowledge of Him and higher in the joy of knowing what He is doing in their lives. Paul never wants this group of believers to stop growing in their walk with the Lord.

So this is our call today, maintaining our focus on God and our faith in Him, as well as keeping our love for the saints strong and true.  This is what we call “leading the good life”!

Pastor Bob

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