Paul, in this passage, reiterates the inscrutable mysteries of God and God's calling of certain of the unlikely to do the Lord's work. For all practical purposes, there may have been some in Ephesus, as in other places where Paul preached and taught, who were highly perplexed that this former rabble rouser and stone thrower at Christians should be the very one whose tireless labors would give birth to the early church. Much of God's workings and callings for ministry are enshrouded in deep mystery and paradox.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.