MONDAY, JANUARY 31
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly,
Ephesians 1:15-16 (NLT)
The late newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst, invested a fortune collecting art treasures from around the world. One day Mr. Hearst found a description of some valuable items that he felt he must own, so he sent his agent abroad to find them. After months of searching, the agent reported that he had finally found the treasures. They were in Mr. Hearst’s warehouse. Hearst had been searching frantically for treasures he already owned! Had he read the catalog of his treasures, he would have saved himself a great deal of money and trouble. Paul desired the Ephesian Christians to understand what great wealth they had in Christ. (Wiersbe)
Paul has received a good report on the saints at Ephesus, which must have encouraged him greatly in prison. It was when Paul received this information about their faith and love that he was assured his readers were genuine possessors of the spiritual blessings he had just described, and as a result he was driven to pray for them constantly that they might begin to possess their possessions, to experience them in their everyday life. Although he had not seen the Ephesians face to face for about 8-10 years, Paul had heard about their faith and love. Paul never stopped thanking God for them and he never stopped praying for them.
How had Paul heard? Others must have told him about their changed life! In short, they were witnessing with their changed lives! Are you? Can others see your transformation? If not, why not? Who are you praying for?
Praise God for the faith of others that has encouraged you. Ask God to reveal to you what you already have in Christ.