Making mention of you
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: Ephesians 1:15 & 16
Paul continues his letter to the body of believers in Ephesus by telling them: “I heard some things about you all. I heard that you have faith in the Lord Jesus and you love each other. ” Because of hearing this, Paul says that he is continuously giving thanks for them and talking about them to God our Father of glory. That’s pretty special. Even though each one of them have their own personal relationship with the Father, Paul, who was one of the greatest leader in the entire body of Christ at that time, is talking to God about how great their faith is and how they are taking care of one another. This is also an indication of the kind of relationship Paul has with His Heavenly Father. He not only talks with Him about the work he is doing, but also how others are doing with God’s work too. Imagine that one of the great leaders of Christians today was thanking God for you and telling God simple but godly things about you.
This gives me pause to consider, even though I don’t have a great global ministry, I can still thank God and talk to him about the Christian people around me that I see blessing others. Sure, God already knows about it, but there is something about talking with God about those you see who bless you because they are living the faith life by helping and loving others around them. These are people that God has connected you with, not the pastor or the elders, just the saints. The ones that are faithful to do the work of ministry in the church and in the world around them. This takes our relationship with God to a whole new level. Instead of crying to God about those who have hurt you or what you see that isn’t quite right, start looking for those who are a blessing and actually doing the work of the ministry. Tell your Father how much you are blessed by what they are doing. Share with Him those who are blessing you with their serving in the kingdom work. It also reminds you to pray for them and that is what Paul does next. After he thanks God for their faithfulness, he prays some specific blessings for them in the next verses.
However, today I want to encourage you to look at those you serve with and those who are faithful in loving others in the body of believers. Thank God for their faithfulness and love for those around them. Then you can also pray the prayers Paul prayed for them. It will be a blessing to you to be connected with these saints and it will bless the LORD to see you are loving His family and yours. It will also help you realize that you are doing the same thing and how others are thankful for your service and love. You are blessing God with your love for others and He is blessing you to continue to grow that work of love. Change your focus today from the ministry that you are working on and thank God for the others that are faithfully serving too.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 1:15-18