Gifts

Sunday’s Scripture ~ Ephesians 3:18-21.

This week the TUMC Family welcomes Rev. Kate Ling in worship leadership for our one Sunday worship service at 11am. She will share a message on gifts and a gallery will be on display before and after worship. You will inspired and encouraged by this worship service.

As I study this Sunday’s text, God continues to bring me back to the word power:

  • I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit (v. 16). 
  • I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (v. 18 and 19).
  • Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine (v. 20).

The Greek word used here is dunamis. Dunamis refers to inherent power that equips a person to perform miracles and the power that perfects the excellence of the soul. The definition of this Greek word reveals that this sort of power is immensely valuable; a person that has it is afforded the influence that generally accompanies riches, wealth, and military prowess.

This power is God-gifted. We receive it upon making a faith claim in Jesus Christ, after which we are filled with the Holy Spirit. This is the power that enabled to disciples to join Jesus in performing miracles. This is the power that gave birth to the Church at Pentecost. This is the power that convicts us of our sin and convinces us of the abundance of God’s grace. This is the power that we each live out – uniquely and personally – through our passions and gifts as we serve God in this world.

I believe this power – this God-gifted power – awakens us to our true selves – to the selves that God created us to be and the selves that we have the privilege of pursuing throughout our lifetime.

We do not want to neglect this gift because with it and through it, God will use us to build God’s Kingdom and increase God’s peace.

Thank you, Pastor Kate, for your worship leadership this week! I treasure you as a true gift and friend in my life.

Prayer: “This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest; and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.”* Amen.

*”The First Noel,” The United Methodist Hymnal 245.

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