“…I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.”
Ephesians 1:15, NIV
I confess that I get somewhat disturbed by the number of Christians who whine, “It is just so hard to live the Christian life and I just do not understand everything I am supposed to do.” Folks, as my sixth grade teacher told me when she asked us to multiply nine times nine, and I stood there looking at her with a blank look on my face, “Well, do not just stand there staring, it is not rocket science, you know.” Truth is, I would have had just as much luck telling her the variables of rocket science as what nine times nine equals!
As Paul writes to the Ephesians, he encourages them because the church had earned a reputation. By the way, did you know every church has a reputation? Paul said, “I heard about…” Isn’t it wonderful when people repeat the good things that they have heard about us? People were talking about the Ephesians but they were not gossiping. They were saying, “We have heard two things about you. You have faith in Jesus Christ and you love one another.” Remember you cannot have one without the other.
Too often we think if people talk about our position, our prominence, our popularity or our church programs this would be our ideal goal. Sadly, when we lose sight of the real goal, faith in Christ, and love for one another, then we draw the attention to our lives instead of His. I have discovered that the world can always outdo our programs, our buildings, our numbers but you know what, they cannot match, no matter how hard or how long they try, our faith in Christ and our love for one another. It is not rocket science you know!
QUESTION: What do people say about you? What do they say about your church? What would you like them to say about you and your church?