Followers of Jesus can be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3.19).
God has “raised us up with him [Jesus] and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2.6).
These two verses summarize who we are as followers of Jesus. Like a motivational coach, Paul says in effect to us, “Become what you are!”
If you are “filled with all the fullness of God,” let’s see the results of that in action.
If you are seated beside Jesus, shouldn’t his attitudes and actions rub off on you?
A Worthy Walk
This is how people who are “filled with all the fullness of God” should act.
Ephesians 4.1-2 – I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.
We have been called to sit beside Jesus and to be filled with the fullness of God. This position should be reflected in the way we live our lives.
In today’s YouTube video, Rudy Ross and I talk about how these verses can be turned into a prayer.
I explain in the video how I pray this passage for the Pope and for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. Both men have a very high and important calling.
It is only right to pray that they “walk in a manner worthy of their calling.”
I am a fan of Pope Francis. I believe he embodies the humility, gentleness, patience, and love mentioned in this passage.
His words and actions come under the same scrutiny as presidents and kings. I believe he represents Jesus in a very Christ-honoring way.
I pray for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, but I don’t like him. He is being used as a puppet by Putin in the war with Ukraine. His words give religious legitimacy to the Russian war effort.
As I pray for the Russian Patriarch, I ask that he will live up to his calling. Surely there was a time when he wasn’t corrupted by money and power. I pray for God to give him the grace to repent.
This is a prayer that I pray for myself, my family, the church, and governmental leaders. May we all live up to the calling and the position God has given us.
Why Pray Like This?
Why should we pray like this? Paul continues to tell the church to become what you are.
The people of God should exemplify the same unity that is present in the Trinity.
Ephesians 4.3-6 – Making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Conflict seems to be the common denominator in the church. Baylor University has listed 22 separate denominations of Baptists.
The list includes Cooperative Baptists and Southern Baptists. I was around when our denomination split into these two groups and the reason was conflict.
Russell Moore, who is a former Southern Baptist leader, noted in a recent podcast that 1.3 million people have left the Southern Baptist Convention in the past three years.
My guess is that conflict is a major contributor to that alarming statistic.
I have listed but a few reasons why we should pray for Christian leaders of every denomination and within our churches. May we become what we are:
— Filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3.19).
— Raised us up with him [Jesus] and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2.6).
— With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4.2-3).
YouTube Video and Prayer
Rudy Ross and I have been friends for years. He is Jewish and I am a Gentle. Our friendship is centered around a love for God and his Bible. You can hear Rudy and me talk on the Bob Spradling YouTube Channel.
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