PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Dec
04

Godís Mission: Uniting People to Jesus

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:9-10
Observation
God is not hiding His purposes from people. Paul makes this known to the Christians of Ephesus, that God has intentions of love and a plan to unite His people, restoring them to Himself through Jesus.
There is a mystery of His will pertaining to the person of Jesus has been revealed. As the darkened hearts and eyes of our understanding is being enlightened, God is purposefully unveiling His plan to bring the unity of redemption on earth through His church.
Application
Today, I am made a little more aware that His purposes for my life extends beyond my personal wants, dreams and desires. Sometimes I tend to get stuck in me - the all about me syndrome. The mystery of salvation in Christ has been made very real to me and in me! Thank You Jesus! This redemptive purpose is not meant to be “just for me.”

The Lord has birthed new life and purpose in me - to make known this mystery of salvation to others. The plan is to unite His creation to Himself and to His eternal purposes. To this end, I must constantly remind my mind, life, habits, desires... that the purposes of God are far greater than me being united with Jesus.
I have been united with Him, to be a part of His purposes - to unite others to Jesus, by making Him known - through my life.
Prayer
Dear Father: Today, the purpose of my life has been renewed. Thanks for your gentle and strong reminder that You desire to use me to unite others to You - though my life’s witness - through my words. Please renew boldness and compassion - love and grace - courage and discernment - IN my heart - to live out the message of redemption.

Devotions for December 04

Ephesians 1,2,3,4

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