While attending seminary, I worked at Dallas Seminary Foundation for 9 years. My boss, Jerry, was a godly man and he loved the book of Ephesians. A few months after we moved to Chicagoland, I sat down and wrote a letter to Jerry. He was a patient man and he had taken a great amount of time to coach me and encourage me. Jerry blessed my life in some very significant ways. I penned words of thanks for Jerry’s leadership in my life and the many good lessons he had taught me.
Paul, in a similar fashion, wrote a letter to the Ephesians and each reader has the opportunity to join in praise for God and all He has done for them. A few of these blessings include God’s Sovereignty, His love, and His gift of grace. As I read Ephesians 1:3-14, one phrase after another calls my heart to praise the Lord and reflect on the many blessings of redemption. And, yes, the Lord has richly blessed my life. I need to tell Him.
“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” ~Ephesians 1:4-8
Jerry has gone home to be with the Lord now. He was an amazing leader and coach in my life and I miss him. It would be such a good gift to sit down in the conference room and have a long conversation with Jerry once again. I am very thankful today that I took the time to write a letter of blessing and praise to Jerry many years ago. It was a way for me to honor him and thank him for all he had done to enrich my life.
So I ask this question, “How much more should we take time to offer blessing and praise to the Lord? Let me encourage you to praise and bless the Lord with your words but also take time to write in your journal. You can use the words and phrases in Ephesians 1:3-14 to get started.
We will read each book 3 times and will have the opportunity to reflect on His many blessings in our lives. It is my prayer that as we read the books for Ephesians and Colossians this month our hearts will praise and worship the Lord for the abundant blessings He has given to us.
Also, Psalm 103 provides a wonderful outline for a time of adoration and praise.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~Psalm 103:1-5