It’s been quiet on my website for a while because I have been working on a book for you.
In the next couple weeks, I will be offering a free eBook on my website. It is a 10-day Bible study on Ephesians 1.
Here’s a taste of what it’s like…
There is an underlying reason why bullying prevails in schools across the country. Teams of principals have driven campaigns against the relational abuse, but it continues to slip out of extinction for one small but very powerful reason: acceptance. We read about it every day in the headlines: college student dies during hazing, young boy takes his life after being bullied, girl attacked on school bus while driver watches. Everyone longs to be noticed, included and invited. Our “rose colored glasses” tint a little bit darker with each rejection, and we are less able to see how important we are to the Lord of All….
Even the word “accepted” is very lame in the English language. We understand it to be much like someone who is begging to be included and another finally gives in to their pleas for acceptance. We also associate the word with some form of having to get used to the fact that things are not going to work out the way that you wanted them to. That is not the word we are studying today. To correct the lenses of how we view ourselves, we must look at the original meaning of the word Paul used. This is not a “yeah, I guess you can play”. The action this word conveys is completely on God’s part…
You Are Everything to Him
Paul wanted to teach us here that God considers you a very important person. Wait a minute. Isn’t there a term for that? Oh, yes. V.I.P. So put on your expensive sunglasses and watch them roll out the red carpet. You are stepping out and God wants to be sure that you arrive in style.
To express how dearly received you are by God, Paul used the word twice in the verse above: “He has made (charitoō) us accepted (charitoō)”. Maybe he placed it there so we wouldn’t dismiss it or lightly pass over it. Repetition in the Bible is often God’s way of saying, “Listen up! I have something important to say!” As if anything God says isn’t important. The repetition we find here conveys a sense of expressing something of significance, which speaks into the depths of our hearts. And instead of us having to beg God to accept us, He is the One pursuing us, compassing us, honoring us, naming us, showing us that there is no higher favor from God. We will be filled to the brim with grace when He is done with us. God is doing everything to show you that you are everything to Him.
Keep an eye out for it coming soon. In the meantime, it would be great to hear from you. What do you like most about your own Bible studies? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to share a comment below.