For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 3:14, NKJV
Have you ever wondered about your purpose in life? Why were you born? What was God thinking when He made you? Maybe you have felt like someone made a mistake. We all at different times and seasons of our lives face similar questions—even when it seems like things are going great we can question the journey we are on.
Here we find Paul addressing the church in Ephesus, a Greek church. Remember, Paul’s ministry was to bring the Gospel to the “gentiles” or to those who were not Jewish. The church in Ephesus fit this category. By default they were the outsiders. The religious crowd would have said they didn’t belong and should not be considered part of the church. The Ephesian church had a powerful launch in its early days. We find this account in Acts 19. In Acts, Luke describes the miracles taking place in Ephesus as “extraordinary.” So we know that these “outsiders” were having an incredible awakening and experiencing God in such a way that people were taking notice—the surrounding areas were hearing about the church in Ephesus.
And, yet, in Paul’s letter to them, He reminds them of their purpose and who they are in Christ. This tells us that even if we have had a great start—through hardships and the course of life, we all need reminding of our identity and purpose in Christ.
“For this reason…,” Paul says. What was the purpose of Paul’s prayer? That they would be reminded of what he wrote in Ephesians 2:19-22:
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Here are a couple of reminders from these previous verses written by Paul, inspired by God, for you and I, echoing through the ages of time:
In Christ, we are no longer identified by our past
2 Corinthians 5:17—He’s making all things new in you
To have a unwavering faith, we must be established in the truth of God’s Word
Romans 1:16—The Power of the Gospel
We are being metamorphisized to look like Christ
2 Corinthians 3:18—From stage to stage we are being transformed
Together we are encouraged and established
1 Thessalonians 5:11—We are being built together
We are being made into a house fit for God
1 Peter 2:5—We are being built into a spiritual house